Steve's Comments on The Grid
I was relatively new to hiking. I liked it and still like it because it helps me escape work and life and when things are going well time and distance just disappears. Growing up I was lucky enough to wander the northern woods of Vermont hunting, picking mushrooms and running up and down stony brooks.
My wife wants me to go back to safer pursuits but I think I have the bug and she has never seen me ski:)
I want to thank my Mom (who has passed) for my first WM Guide back in 2005 and for handing me an article about the grid in 2009 with a sideways grin when I said I was getting bored. My Dad for teaching me that you are perhaps turned around but never lost. My long suffering wife for putting up with my affliction, long hours away, 2am wake-ups, to many cuts and injuries and loads of laundry. Robie Gould with whom I planned out my grid conquest and who taught me how to game the ridge lines. Bill Schor for being a friend and the best publicist on the trail a guy could ever have and finally Ed Hawkins who has created and broadcast this trying but doable goal.
Special Thanks to the super group who finished up with Sherie, Beau and I on what started out to be a nice day and finished up as a rain storm and how fitting:
Bill and Diane Schor; Ed Hawkins; Bob Martin; Per, Helle and Cinilla Frost; John and Pepper Sobetzer; Bill Cronin; Cynthia (Lady Gray) and Wayne Ruesswick.
See you on the trails and if you think a grid finish is going to be an ascension to heaven, think again. You still sink in the mud and do not walk on water.
Steve B aka Little Brown Mushroom