The following is from Bob Burd's Sierra Challenge website: "The Sierra Challenge is a series of ten consecutive dayhikes to some of the most challenging peaks in the Sierra Nevada range. The peaks for the 2012 event were chosen based on several criteria: they don't appear on previous Challenges; they hold special interest to the organizer; they are demanding dayhikes, much like the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 2010, and 2011 events that preceded it. They average 16.2 miles of hiking/climbing, with an average of 6,530ft elevation gain. Not unlike climbing Half Dome, but more off-trail, more technically demanding, and at higher elevation."
Total mileage: 162 miles with 65,300 vertical feet!
Date Peak RT miles Elev. gain My Challenge Peak
Fri, Aug 10 Eocene Peak 9 4,500ft Eocene
Sat, Aug 11 Leonard Minaret 18 4,500ft Banner Peak
Sun, Aug 12 Mt. Steven Jay Gould 15 6,700ft So close but DNF, arrrggghh
Mon, Aug 13 Thompson Ridge 10 4,300ft Thompson Ridge
Tue, Aug 14 Barrett Peak 18 5,800ft Sky Haven
Wed, Aug 15 Big Kid Mtn. 7 5,300ft Big Kid Mtn, bonus Little Kid
Thu, Aug 16 Vennacher Needle 28 10,100ft Cardinal Peak
Fri, Aug 17 Indian Rock 19 8,100ft Indian Rock
Sat, Aug 18 George Creek 10 7,300ft Trojan Peak
Sun, Aug 19 Tyndall West 26 8,700ft Mt Tyndall
My personal goal was to finish all ten days climbing a peak each day. Since I was a rookie, that was a worthy goal! Sometimes I chose alternate challenge peaks due to technical skill doubts or distance or another peak sounded like more fun :-D Everyone was so supportive and each possessed vast amounts of mountaineering experience, it was an honor to climb and hike with these participants. I ended up 2nd for the Green Jersey and 7th overall for the Yellow Jersey. I enjoyed everyday and cannot wait for next year!
Inspirational quote for me:
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." anonymous (Day 3 climbing the wrong chute)