It was August, 2002, when we climbed our first 4000 footer. The hike up Mt. Tecumseh is one of the more moderate 4000 footer climbs and we had no ambitions that day beyond enjoying that climb. It was simply a natural progression that began when the kids were three and we hiked trails in
It was not until the first hike of the summer of 2004 that our horizons really began to expand when we met our first "super hikers" on
In the process Jordan and Kate have become a bit of hiking celebrities with known and unknown hikers as they get ahead of us and interact with others on the trail. Their speed, endurance, and agility are far beyond the norm for their age; they have become among the youngest hikers to ever complete the 48.
We have met hikers who have been hiking these mountains for 60 years. Where Kate and Jordan will be as adults is of course impossible to predict. But if they are still hiking these mountains in 60 years, it will be but a second in geological time. If they keep hiking it will be because these mountains call to them, and in the process of hiking they are in touch within with something larger than themselves.
Jordan and Kate talk already of new hiking challenges and new lists – "100 highest" of