Greetings to all those interested in the Platinum Team. The make-up of the team this year is a little different. Erin O’Hearn and her father Mike will be pursuing some 14ers on their own. Our hiking styles have changed a bit over the last few seasons and they are seeking a somewhat more “adventurous” hiking/climbing style. Don and I will be sticking together and pursuing a more relaxing and photographic adventure. But its all good. Great in fact. Mike will be joining us on some hikes this year and we all look forward to having him with us above tree line.
As of today, (May 26) I have made a commitment to better living and better hiking. Over the last few months I have started working out every day and as a result of that activity, and better eating/drinking habits, have lost over 31 pounds. That should make heading up the slopes a lot easier. In any case the summit shots will be better now that my gut is not hanging over my belt.
It appears that the season will be officially kicked off in a few short weeks on June 20th with the ascent of Square Top Mountain. I am really looking forward to seeing how I perform carrying a LOT less body weight. Also a smaller camera too. So keep your eyes on this spot for new trip reports and updates for the Platinum Team.