Ed K1RID’s post on random SOTA op encounters got me thinking about all the strange people and animals I’ve come across in my lifetime of seeking summits. There was the guy with the parrot in a cage on his backpack going up the cables on Half Dome. Then there was the late, great dirtbag mountaineer Fred Beckey with two drop-dead gorgeous young oreads on my way up Mt.Muir.
So what is your strange, wonderful and notorious encounter other than another SOTA operator?
This one happened last year on Saddle Peak above Malibu: