Bishop, Mt. Hood, Oregon, 1974
1973-74 I hiked 1,500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail through
the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington. Details
of the hike have diminished but the human story of those summers
is strong still.
In 1973 I climbed Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier with Barry Bishop
who ten years earlier had been the first journalist and photographer
to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. On our climbs he retold
that story, which climaxed with him and three other climbers
being forced to spend the night exposed near the summit. They
survived, though the climb cost Bishop his toes.
The following summer I met Denise Myers of Colorado who, together
with her boyfriend, was hiking the length of the trail - Mexico
to Canada, 2,600 miles - in one season. I admired her for that
and the admiration turned into affection and the affection into
love. We were married three years later and have traveled together