August 28, 2007 · 6:15 PM
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Moved the time to 15 minutes later to accomodate those who said 6 was too early ---- please be there AT or before 6:15 so we can depart no more than 10 minutes later. Meet at the Glen Alps parking lot. Since it is almost always crowded there, lets meet over along the west edge of the lot; enter the lot and make an immediate hard left turn. Plan on this being a little shorter that the usual 3 hours. We want to be finished no later than 9:30 at the latest since the sun is officially down by 9:30 PM, or even a bit earlier. I hike with ski poles on steep ones like this (trust me!!!). Dress in layers and bring wind shell, warm hat and light gloves. You never know what conditions might be like 1000' - 1500' above. Bring plenty of water and a light snack. Dogs are OK; I'll have Chili and Caesar. Since we will be starting and finishing in the State Parks parking lot we need to have dogs on leashes right out of there and be prepared to pick up dog drops along the first 1/4 mile of trail. Like most of these Tuesday nighters, this one is OK for those who want to do a little bit more or a little bit less. The plan is that all participants will get up Flattop and the fast and far gang may want to cruise up Peak 2 also. I am going to bet that very few who do this hike will have approached Flattop from this direction before. It has become an Adventurers MeetUp tradition to join up again after the hike for some chow and beer. I am going to suggest that we plan on Mexican food at either Carlos', near Old Seward Hwy. and Klatt Road, or the Gallos location near Old Seward and Dimond. Because of shortening daylight hours this may be the final full-blown Heart 'n Lunger - 3 hour varierty. Starting in September I have a few shorter but steep outings in mind for the 4th and the 11th. After that I am thinking we may want to move to in-town trails in Hillside and Kincaid Parks to huff and puff up some of the steep loops in those parks - maybe doing a run-walk format &/or follow the leader. These are just a few ideas I have now. I'm open to suggestions.