Kerry Lambert’s continuing quest to hike California’s “six-pack” continues this week as she heads to Mount Baldy for another grueling adventure. TS
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Summit #3:  Mt. San Antonio, a.k.a. “Mt. Baldy”

Elevation:  10,064 feet,  4000 feet elevation gain, 13.6 miles (from Manker Flats to summit and back)

There was an unspoken agreement that my husband and I hike the six pack of peaks together and only together, but Sean never received that internal memo through the ether. He bagged Baldy — the tallest mountain in Los Angeles County—without me, a month prior to our scheduled trek. This was kind of like…adultery. The deal – albeit silent, I know – was me, Sean, mountain.  Not me-mountain, Sean-mountain, but a happy threesome. Once you go one-on-one, deep, complex emotions are liable to be stirred up between man and mountain – or woman and mountain – that could threaten the very foundation of the husband/wife relationship. One private outing could lead to another, and so on, and before you know it, the clandestine jaunt could become an obsession, and what was once a joyous, frivolous adventure could become a back trail addiction leading to isolation, injury, and possibly even death. Read More…

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To Summit Up: Part 3 – Cucamonga

by Kerry Lambert April 10, 2015

CUCAMONGA PEAK Via Icehouse Canyon summit: 8,859 feet, 14 miles, 4300 ft. elevation gain “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” —Shakespeare We were determined not to repeat our late arrival at Mt. Wilson, where we drove into a full lot at 6 a.m. Fool us once. So we arrived, pumped and ready, at the […]

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To Summit Up: Part Two – Mt. Wilson

by Kerry Lambert February 1, 2015

Part 2 of a 7-part series. To read part 1, go HERE. Chantry Flats Trail to Mt. Wilson, 14 mile loop Elevation Gain: 3,914 feet Summit: 5,710 feet We arrived to the Chantry Trail parking lot at 6 a.m. and got the last parking spot. Emphasis on the word “last.” Or perhaps emphasis on “6 […]

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To Summit Up

by Kerry Lambert October 16, 2013

Part 1 of a 7-part series. Part One: Before the Trailhead I didn’t know exactly why I wanted to climb a mountain when I first announced my intentions to my husband. I’d always loved the outdoors, but I wasn’t an avid hiker, and I had never backpacked through the wilderness. The previous year I had […]

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