Mt. McLoughlin

September 14-15, 1974

SAT: Three other people signed up for this climb, but due to the illness of one of the three, they all had to cancel out. So, again I was fortunate to lead a hike with one of my kids, namely Mike, age 9. I had promised him this climb all summer, so I wasn’t about to back out now. We left Springfield at 10:45 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead at 5:10 p.m., having taken a longer route through Crater Lake. We had dinner shortly thereafter and then later on we had marshmallows on our small fire. After some card games we went to bed at 8:30.

SUN: We were up at 5:30 and on the trail by 6:20. The temperature was 60°. We had several rest stops along the way and arrived at Disappointment Peak by 10:45. We were on the summit by 11:45. Mike was in great shape, and sort of flew up the mountain. The temp. was 68° on the summit, and there were 17 people and one dog “Sarah Lee” there. We left the top at 12:45 via the scree slope and were back in camp by 4:00. We soaked our feet in the canal there, and it sure felt good.

Left for home at 4:30, arrived home at 10:30 after having dinner in Grants Pass. It was a beautiful weekend and I enjoyed every minute of having Mike along, on his first mountain climb. It was a time we will both long remember. Climbers were Mike and Dave Zevenbergen.

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