Sorry if this is a repeat, but I haven't seen this posted here yet.
Have mountain will travel for Lynnwood native
Ben Jones, a 20-year-old student will try to climb 50 peaks in 50 states in under 66 days this summer.
http://heraldnet.com/stories/05/07/12/1 ... ies001.cfm
Ben's dad check in with all sorts of interesting tidbits. Ben reclimbed several Western peaks to reset the clock for the 48 record. Yes he climbed Elbert and Wheeler on the same day.
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Ben did succeed in climbing the 48 continental highpoints in 29 days, 20 hours and 57 minutes. He oringinally started the 48 continental summits on Mt Hood in OR on June 29th, then climbed Borah in ID the next day. On day 3 he tried to solo-climb Gannett in WY, and went about 30 miles round trip, but the snow was still too deep and his map was not adequate. He wisely came back out and rested on day 4 and drove to the Mt. Elbert trailhead. On day 5 (July 3rd) he climbed Elbert in the morning, summiting at 9:01AM Mountain Time, drove to New Mexico, and climbed Wheeler in the afternoon. In order to break the existing 30 day record for the continental states, he threw out those first 4 days and started over on day July 3rd. Yesterday, (Aug 2) he re-summited Borah Peak in ID at 5:26AM, climbing Chicken Out Ridge with a tiny flashlight in the dark, to set the new 48 state speed record. He re-summited Mt Hood (again solo) at 4:42 the previous morning, and Mt Rainier in WA at 7:35 the previous morning to that. We wonder if anyone else has reached those 3 summits in under 46 hours before. The day before that he was at home washing clothes and getting more supplies. On Thurs, July 28 he solo-summited Granite Peak in MT and at 9:31am on Tues, July 26, he summited Gannett in WY. In those last 6 days, 20 hours and 55 mins he climbed all 4 continental Class 4 mountains, and the 1 Class 3 mountain. We wonder if that has been done before. He climbed Gannett via Pinedale trailhead in 29 hours 15 mins (40 mi RT). He had just climbed Kings in UT on Sun, July 24, in 13 hours, Boundary in NV on Sat, July 23, Whitney in CA on July 22nd, Humphreys in AZ on July 21, Guadalupe in TX on July 20, Driskill in LA on July 19, and Lakewood Park in FL on July 18th. In the beginning he was driving by himself, but his good friend Ryan Murray from high school flew out to meet him in Minneapolis and drove with him from there. I had the privledge of climbing with him on Denali in June, and recntly on Boundary, Kings, Gannett and Borah. It was particularly thrilling to summit Borah at first light and see the American flag flying proudly in the stiff breeze and find a beautiful demin banner reading Mt Borah, 12,662 ft. Ben is flying to HI tomorrow and is renting a bicycle in Kona, and will be peddling 60 miles to the summit of Mauna Kea. It will be approx 49 days since he & I stood on the summit of Denali in AK at 12:43pm June 17th. That should set a new speed record for the 50 states, with a fine human-powered finish. For documentation, Ben takes time-stamped digital photos, digital video footage, sets digital summit way-points in his GPS, makes a Verizon cell phone call to get an independent digital time stamp in the Verizon computer records, and signs the summit register. Ben would like to say a huge THANK-YOU to all the kind Highpointers he met along his route, and who gave him such heart-felt encouragement.