I've had a personal need for sometime now to hike the "off-trail" ridgeline route to try and summit Sheep Mountain Peak-6996, to have some private time there on the summit, and personally sign-in to my friend and hiking/travel partner- GPSjoe's dedicated summit register.
I knew that I needed to start early for this one and thought that my camping only a three mile drive to the TH would give me the extra time I needed for this more difficult out and back hike. I guess it might have if
I could manage to arrive at the TH before 8:40am, but I could not.. even with having my hiking pack ready to go the night before, up at 6am, and having a quick breakfast the morning of..
It was still very rewarding to be in and on this Sheep Mountain ridgeline area that Joe so loved to be. On this beautiful blue sky hiking day I made my way along the ridgeline route successfully to summit Peak 6910 at around 12:noon. With great views of Sheep Mountain Peak from Peak 6910, I was satisfied that I had come close enough to experiencing some of the remoteness and challenge that must have continued to keep GPSjoe coming back for more.
For my personal files and to share I felt rewarded to capture in pics the essence of this area that will forever provide me with lasting personal memories- some sweet and some bittersweet.