A friend of mine was bemoaning the fact that in her viewpoint Idaho, or maybe she meant Boise, had no real mountains.
Another friend overheard and asked, "What do you mean? Don't the Sawtooths and the Whiteclouds count?"
In response, she added, "No. I mean real mountains like Rainier and Baker and Hood."
"What!" he retorted, "Those aren't mountains, they're zits!"
I had to laugh heartily at that, but I have enjoyed my time spent in the Cascades. I haven't done that many volcanoes yet, just Olympus, Rainier and Glacier Peak but I've enjoyed my climbs and I will admit they do feel real compared to the nearly snow-bald 12,000 footers in Idaho.
Q: How many glaciers are there in Idaho?
A: Idaho has no glaciers, only permanent snowfields
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Recently I've taken a pretty active role in redesigning my life to be prioritized around my interests. Two near the top are travelling and mountaineering. This combination brought to mind a great book I read as a child, Seven Summits about two ordinary, but very rich men who decided on a whim to climb the highest point on each continent.
Few consider me ordinary. So, I immediately started thinking about how I could pervert this to make it interesting. My first take was to take my favorite number and climb the 11th Highest Peak on each continent.
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Retreating slightly, I continued my search and stumbled upon a list of the world's highest volcanoes and to my delight, I'd already summited the 11th highest volcano in North America!
I may just have found my next goal to propel me around the world. To become the first individual to climb the 11th highest volcano on each continent.
My Seven Zits
The 11th Highest Volcano on Each Continent
|N. America||Mount Rainier||14,411ft||4,392m||Washington|
|S. America||Nevada el Muerto||21,286ft||6,488m||Chile / Argentina|
|Africa||Visoke||12,175ft||3,711m||Congo / Rwanda|
(Papua New Guinea)
|Antarctica||Mount Terror||10,597ft||3,230m||Marie Byrd Land|