Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Hiking, TNAB

One year older but still a total Prat(t)

A week ago, I turned 29. I could freak out about the fact the fact that I am getting dangerously close to 30, but since I choose to surround myself with really, really old people, I still feel relatively young.

Last year JK organized a surprise hike to Poo Poo Point (along with said gang of geriatrics) on my birthday, and I loved celebrating by hiking. This year there was no sneaky planning needed; my aging would occur on a Thursday and TNAB was headed for Pratt Mountain.

Marvelous birthday views

I felt sprightly and fabulous all the way to Talapus Lake, but then we started actually hiking uphill instead of strolling along on mellow switchbacks. Suddenly all those old folks were miles ahead of me as I wheezed and moaned my way up the ridge.

At long last I reached the summit and was rewarded with views of the vast nothingness. At least the others took pity on me and waited to make sure I made it into the group shot (and got me tipsy at the Pour House afterwards).

To the Pour House! Schmidts navigating the rock step

Did I say that I still feel young? Maybe not so much after this hike.

– Pratt Mountain | 6.5 miles | 2400 feet elevation gain –

Pratt Mountain TNAB

(My birthday present was one o’ them fancy GPS gizmos! It looks like I’ll actually have to read the manual for this thing since that straight line you see in the track extends all the way to Taiwan – presumably the home of the Garmin factory. 18,000 feet of elevation gain? That’s one hell of a TNAB!)

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5 Comments

  • Reply sharon June 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Ah, Ingunn, you are hilarious! and Happy Birthday! You make me feel old! only 29! sigh….I remember those days of youth! ;-)

    and ps: check out this new blog http://www.simpleaussiegirls.blogspot.com – they would love you to drop by.

  • Reply Ewa June 16, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Happy, happy birthday.
    Funny, I am surrounded by young people and totally forget how old I am.
    And don’t you just love GPS gizmos?

  • Reply k June 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Hey – thanks for stopping by my (often-neglected) blog! I am going to be in Trondheim, starting mid-September (till about Christmas, and then again from mid-March to June – and back in Seattle in between). I’m am incredibly excited! I was in Norway a few summers ago (Oslo, hiking in Jotunheimen, and Bergen) and loved it! Where are you from?

    Happy belated birthday! I love looking at your hiking pics – I’ve been many of those places but my pictures don’t do them as much justice as yours :)

  • Reply Jo June 24, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Somehow the TNAB blog is still naked of a trip report?!

  • Reply Ingunn June 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Weird that. Moosefish wrote a good one!

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