Hey, Spike! reports on alpinists’ expedition | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! reports on alpinists’ expedition

Special to the DailyWith Mont Blanc in the background - one of the peaks they climbed - left to right are Summiteers Dr. John Warner, Jon Gunson, Dennis Kuhn, Tim Casey, & Larry Crispell.

Some well-known Kingdom of Breckenridge alpinists are back following their successful climbing and skiing expedition in France, Switzerland and Italy. Making the trek were Dr. John Warner, DDS, who is also the mayor of Breck, and and fellow “Grey Guys” Jon Gunson, Tim Casey, Dennis Kuhn, and Larry Crispell.Here’s John’s report:”We departed Denver’s DIA on April 22 and arrived in Chamonix, France on April 23. We spent the next couple of nights in Courmayeur, Italy, and skied into France via the Valle Blanche and another route called Les Periods. “On April 26, Larry, Tim, and Jon spent the night in the Grandes Mulets Hut on Mont Blanc at 11,000 feet, then began their successful climb at 3 a.m., on April 27. They summited Mont Blanc around eight hours later at 11 a.m.”Dennis and I had already climbed Mont Blanc in 2005, so we did another peak, Mont Dolent, on April 27 after spending a pretty chilly night in a 20-person bivouac. Both of the climbs involved lots of skinning, then cramponing to the summits. Mont Dolent is cool because the summit is in three countries: Italy, Switzerland and France. “Both of our teams had terrific guides whom we have used many times before. Then we rendezvoused in Zermatt and climbed two 4,000 meter peaks, Castor and Pollux, just south of the Swiss/Italian border. It was good spring skiing until we got to about 7,000 feet, then it was pretty slushy. “Most of our group returned to the U.S. on May 2, but I was fortunate to stay and meet wife Carre in Florence. We spent the next seven days exploring the Tuscan Hills and Rome,” his honor reports. “It was a great trip, great guides, great food, and great company,” says John. ****Summit Daily News photog Mark Fox journeyed to Arizona and New Mexico, spending a few days on Navajo and Hopi reservations in northern AZ. He also visited few days with Mountain Gazette editor M. John and Gay Fayhee in Silver City, and a couple days in Tombstone. “It snowed several times, but good to get away, and great to get back,” reports Mark, who “loves the Southwest – road trips are a beautiful thing. A lot to see in the U.S. of A!”****Guitar guru Tommy Shreve of Silverthorne has been touring this May with Wayne Toups and ZydeCajuns out of Louisiana and is gearing up for the coming summer wedding and conference season with his new band. For more info on Tommy, visit AlsterEntertainment.com****Weld County DA Ken Buck, who is gunning hard for the US Senate on the GOP team, was in Frisco on Monday evening for a gathering at Tuscato. Some of those attending included friends Dan and Jeannette Gongloff, formerly of Greeley; local DA and state Senate candidate Mark Hurlbert; Summit GOP chair Debra Irvine, who’s running for House District 56 seat; and Dr. John Cowger and Elaine Fogel.Elaine had her new service dog, Sherpa, another black lab which had replaced Casino.In another part of the Bobby and Steph Kato-owned restaurant, Mountainside, River and Mountain Pines developer Larry Feldman, who is now doing Boulevard Bend Condos, was celebrating his birthday.Joining him were ReMax-er BJ McCarthy, C-21’s Bonnie Arnold, ReMax managing broker Dave “Petey” Petersen, The Gongloffs (she of ReMax), Old Frisco Main Street’s Rob and Trev Philippe, and Hey, Spike!••••Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a resident of Summit County since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years.E-mail your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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