When our 4th of July trip came around we made our way south to Kings Peak. But instead of just hiking the peak we wanted to make a whole loop backpacking trip of it.
he last few years have been slow climbing big peaks. For 4 years I averaged 5 Alpine 88 peaks per year, then in 2015 that dropped to 2. In 2016 I got my first with a guided climb of Mount Baker and thanks to a busy work schedule it looked unlikely a second was in the works. Then we had a chance to head to Arizona a day early for our Grand Canyon Thanksgiving trip. I seized it, expecting an easy and fun hike. But the weather had other ideas.