In honor and in anticipation of the arrival of our climbing partner, Mel, CW and I tested our lungs and legs out on Sacajawea Peak. It seemed like cheating, arriving fresh to climb after only 2 hours in a plane. I guess there is no glory in the endless drive across the plains in the mini van as we have done so many times before. We reached an elevation of 9665 feet after a gain of 2000 feet. All summit registers will be signed "CW and The Sunbeam" on the adventure. Attention all hikers of my vintage: I am diggin' the trekking poles! All other, talk to me in 20 years.