September 29-30, 2006
The Castle Crags Wilderness area is in Northern California and was named for the swarm of lovely glacier polished granite peaks (plutons) located there. We started our climb early Saturday morning with a brisk hike up the three miles to the base of Mt Hubris. Doug Nelson captured the feeling of the early morning with his haiku:
Four thirty wake up!
To get to the base of Hubris we had to do the hardest part of the climb, which was to make it through the Manzanita maze of constant sorrow. No one escaped unscratched. Peter Green was so moved by this part of the climb that he too composed a haiku poem:
Ascend cosmic wall
Doug likewise found inspiration there:
The climbing was outstanding. We had two teams of three. The first team, Peter, Maryanne and April had a grand time. April found religion when she led the final knife-edge pitch with certain death on either side, she looked back and composed a quick poem:
Cosmic Mount Hubris
Wayne, John and Doug had many fine moments on their climb, though Wayne felt some trepidation on his first multi-pitch climb:
A crack in the rock
When we were all back at the trailhead John Pegg expressed his feelings in this fine haiku:
My clothes are sweaty
Of course, even though it was time for a brewski we didn’t drink until the official Obsidian portion of the climb ended. John Pegg’s truck was having trouble with the thermostat and we were worried that it wouldn’t make it. Peter Green once more captured the feelings of the group with this poem.
try to keep it cool
Wayne Deeter, not happy with the challenge of a simple haiku, made his an acrostic. I’ll leave that to you to figure out.
Climbing over stones
And If you are wondering about the silly verse, well I was just entertaining myself and they were all kind enough to go along.
Climbers and poets
Climbers were: April Anderson, Wayne Deeter, Peter Green, Doug Nelson, John Pegg and Maryanne Reiter, leader.