I was looking on YouTube for the scene in Spider Man 2 where Dr. Octavius (at that point newly Dr. Octopus) says “I couldn’t have miscalculated,” but I suppose that line had more of an impression on me than it did on other people.
I regularly work with spreadsheets that contain equations in various cells, often interdependent upon one another, so this line pops into my head often enough. Well, it did again today as I was filling out my winter peaks tally sheet for the Catskill 3500 Club. My plan was to have the tally sheet filled out and in a stamped envelope so I could drop it in the mail when I got off Kaaterskill High Peak tomorrow afternoon. As I was filling out my tally sheet, using my climb list on Peakbagger.com, I wrote “3/22/2009” next to Eagle Mountain and immediately realized that 3/22 is one day after 3/21 – the cutoff date for winter peaks. Yeah, I’m in Mensa, you know.
So I’m not 34/35, and I will not be climbing 27 mountains this winter, I’m 33/35 and I’ll be climbing 28. Oh well, there are worse things than having to hike twice this weekend. I’ll climb Eagle on Sunday. It should be pretty easy – 6 or 7 miles, on a trail and everything. Good thing I’ve got raingear, though.
And in an interesting twist of fate, I’ll probably be seeing my buddy SoloJoe both days. Joe will be hiking Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf and Plateau on Saturday, so I’ll meet him as he’s coming off of Plateau and shuttle him back to his car on Prediger Road (thus saving him a 2 or so mile streetwalk). Joe will also be leaving from the Seager parking area on Sunday to hike Doubletop, which is the same place I’ll be parking to hike Eagle. Depending on how Joe’s feeling after his ambitious hike tomorrow (and how early I get up on Sunday), we might hike Eagle and Doubletop together. What the hell, I don’t think I’ve done Doubletop in the month of March, so it’ll at least count towards my 420 grid.
I mentioned the 420 grid a couple of months ago – that’s hiking each of the 35 Catskill high peaks in every month of the year (12 x 35 = 420). I can’t say that’s necessarily my next hiking goal, but it’s on my long-term list.
Anyway, I had an interesting dream last night. I’ll tell you about it another time; it was vivid, but I’m kind of iffy on the details. Suffice to say that my current totem is the dragon.