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Alaskans and climbers "atwitter" over Palin climbing nonexistent peak

Usually we steer far, far away from politics, but like Governor Mark Sanford "hiking the Appalachian Trail" in 2009, this one touches the outdoor world. It seems many Alaskans and climbers are all (ahem) atwitter over former Governor Sarah Palin's following July 14th tweet:

The trouble is, there is no Sweettooth on Denali. Sugar Tooth Mountain on the Ruth Glacier does have a pinnacle called Sweet Tooth Spire on pitch 17, but the climb is a "5.10b/c with short sections of A2" according to a 2007 Alpinist story on the peak's second ascent (go check out the pictures at Alpinist.com). So, unless the Palins have some previously-hidden mad climbing skills, it's not a likely destination for a family outing.

Palin's Twitter feed had no updates on any climb. However, according to a local Talkeetna radio station, the family took climbing and glacier travel lessons, and filming for the Discovery Channel's upcoming series "Sarah Palin's Alaska" took place on a closed set in front of the Alaska Mountaineering School.

Rainy weather likely kept film crews and the Palins grounded anyway, but one has to wonder if the new climbers really were headed to a remote spire suitable for only the most experienced mountaineers. Inquiring minds will have to wait for the episode to air on TLC sometime this fall.

via Backpacker, The Mudflats, The Hill, and KTNA


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dm1333
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July 22, 2010 at 7:09 p.m. (EDT)

Let me be the first to say "Who cares?" and "Why is this posted here?"

noddlehead
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July 22, 2010 at 7:12 p.m. (EDT)

Let me be the first to say "Who cares?" and "Why is this posted here?"

I will second the motion and say I could care less.

trouthunter
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July 22, 2010 at 7:29 p.m. (EDT)

I knew there was a show in the works, but I didn't know what about.

noddlehead
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July 22, 2010 at 7:55 p.m. (EDT)

I'm a dedicated republican all the way but Palin seems to me to be an air-head. She just got some peaks confused? Maybe just shows you what all that cold can do. Just do not know. I do know that she is a laughing stock and will leave it there.

JMO.

dm1333
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July 22, 2010 at 9:23 p.m. (EDT)

It just smells a little bit like "Oh, look how dumb Sarah Palin is, she can't even get the name of a mountain right". Like none of us have ever spelled something wrong, mispronounced a word or forgotten a name. If she had gotten the name of the peak right would it have been newsworthy? If it was Hillary Clinton or Condoleeza Rice would it have been newsworthy?

I'm not a fan or detractor of hers, the woman has accomplished way more than her detractors have but she isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread, either. I guess I should feel lucky that it took just a little bit of attention away from Lindsay Lohan being in jail (yawn!) or Lebron going to Miami (snzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) or any of the other non events broadcast as news these days. And she does piss off most of the cranks on The View! :)

Cleric
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July 22, 2010 at 9:37 p.m. (EDT)

Wait for the spin to start... I could care less what she (or any public bobble-head) does.

What else is going on? OH YEAH! 16 people are alive in the Tetons thanks to the dedication and bravery of rescue crews.

http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2010/07/22/grand-teton-lightning-rescue.html

Now, that is news-worthy.

On with life... nothing to see here.

Alicia MacLeay (Alicia)
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July 22, 2010 at 9:47 p.m. (EDT)

I agree that it's a bit of a Rorschach test. One's reaction says more about one's own existing opinion than much else.

Who knows, maybe Palin is a good climber or has the makings of one. I'll reserve judgment in the absence of more info (I'm taking my own advice here).

Don't fret, anyone. Trailspace has no plans to become a celebrity gossip "news" site. However, if some of those celebrities/famous people make news for themselves recreating in the backcountry, we might give them the occasional attention.

(Except for Lindsay Lohan. We will not be a party to that media insanity, even if she free solos her way out of jail and goes on to hike every long distance trail in the country.)

Now, as Cleric said, I'll move along to better backcountry topics and news.

noddlehead
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July 22, 2010 at 10:01 p.m. (EDT)

(Except for Lindsay Lohan. We will not be a party to that media insanity, even if she free solos her way out of jail and goes on to hike every long distance trail in the country.)

If she actually did that? I would offer all the power in the world to her. People really screw up. I sure have. Who are we as folks if we do not offer some love to those who try?


No argument. There are just many ways to look at life and all that happens.

tommangan
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July 22, 2010 at 10:05 p.m. (EDT)

Frankly a thru-hike is just what she needs. Not that people in that situation are ever aware of what they really need, much less able to act on it.

Alicia MacLeay (Alicia)
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July 22, 2010 at 10:15 p.m. (EDT)

Alicia said:

(Except for Lindsay Lohan. We will not be a party to that media insanity, even if she free solos her way out of jail and goes on to hike every long distance trail in the country.)

If she actually did that? I would offer all the power in the world to her. People really screw up. I sure have. Who are we as folks if we do not offer some love to those who try?

No argument. There are just many ways to look at life and all that happens.

You're right. People screw up and should be allowed to move on.

My joking comment was meant to be about the media insanity that surrounds the lives of certain celebrities and that is routinely passed off as "news," not the people themselves (good, bad, or completely indifferent).

Okay, I'm going very off-topic here. So, I'll move myself along...

Cleric
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July 22, 2010 at 10:16 p.m. (EDT)

Now, as Cleric said, I'll move along to better backcountry topics and news.

In your defense, TS does a fine job of remaining focused on its content and not straying into other areas. It is truly refreshing. Even "off-topic" isn't that far out of bounds if you read the threads there. With all the media saturation these days, it is a pleasant thing to find a place that focuses elsewhere. Perhaps this is why this particular article is such a novelty!

Noodle - no arguments, we all go through tough spots. Just give me a report when she finishes it and then I would be impressed. :)

noddlehead
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July 22, 2010 at 10:26 p.m. (EDT)

"Off topic" is how most of life works....... Glad to share it with fine folks like you.


I enjoy the discussion.

Alicia MacLeay (Alicia)
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July 22, 2010 at 10:46 p.m. (EDT)

Thanks, Cleric! I really appreciate your kind words.

Princess Carol
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July 23, 2010 at 12:29 a.m. (EDT)

BONK! I could of had a hike....... why did I even give this a NY minute...

whomeworry
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July 23, 2010 at 3:00 a.m. (EDT)

I am wondering if Sarah found any evidence of Cook's 1906 expedition on the peak she alleges to have summitted.
Ed

tommangan
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July 23, 2010 at 5:10 p.m. (EDT)

Interesting: 15 comments on a topic everybody hates. (this is why we have a celebrity-obsessed culture -- even if we hate celebrities we can't not think about them).

Alicia MacLeay (Alicia)
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July 23, 2010 at 5:32 p.m. (EDT)

Interesting: 15 comments on a topic everybody hates. (this is why we have a celebrity-obsessed culture -- even if we hate celebrities we can't not think about them).

I was going to make the same comment, but couldn't get beyond the irony within irony of making the comment about comments (oh...now my head is spinning).

noddlehead
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July 23, 2010 at 11:30 p.m. (EDT)

I am wondering if Sarah found any evidence of Cook's 1906 expedition on the peak she alleges to have summitted.
Ed

I think she found some 110 year old vodka.

whomeworry
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July 24, 2010 at 5:25 a.m. (EDT)

whomeworry said:

I am wondering if Sarah found any evidence of Cook's 1906 expedition on the peak she alleges to have summitted.
Ed

I think she found some 110 year old vodka.

That explains seeing Russia from her kitchen window.
Ed

noddlehead
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July 24, 2010 at 9:07 a.m. (EDT)

AHHMM!

I think I will write a new song this morning.......


"Looking at Kamchatka out my window

Seems so close and yet so far

And now with all the global warming.........."


Okay, folks, add a line to the song!

Euphorbia
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July 25, 2010 at 2:13 p.m. (EDT)

AHHMM!

I think I will write a new song this morning.......

"Looking at Kamchatka out my window

Seems so close and yet so far

And now with all the global warming.........."

Okay, folks, add a line to the song!

There's no ice left at the bar...

I took Levi out Salmon fishing,

My 12 guage and bible in hand....


-next----

noddlehead
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July 25, 2010 at 2:50 p.m. (EDT)

"We hooked a great big giant Halibut

He is dragging us out sea"

Euphorbia
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July 27, 2010 at 12:19 a.m. (EDT)

-sigh-

Noddle, cant you see that I was expanding on the song with a rhyme base of

a/b/c/b/d/e/g/e/h/ ad infinitum...

No worries m8,

After All,

You only have 10 x my posts,

And an exalted Senior Member status ;).

Probably not a great idea to make songs about US political leaders anyways.

I'd hate to end up in Gitmo with fellow Canadian, Omar Khadr.

whomeworry
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July 27, 2010 at 3:55 a.m. (EDT)

-sigh-

Noddle, cant you see that I was expanding on the song with a rhyme base (?)...

I think more rim shots
And fewer rhymes
Speak more faithfully of Palin
And these whack times
Ed

noddlehead
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July 27, 2010 at 11:24 p.m. (EDT)

-sigh-

Noddle, cant you see that I was expanding on the song with a rhyme base of

a/b/c/b/d/e/g/e/h/ ad infinitum...

No worries m8,

After All,

You only have 10 x my posts,

And an exalted Senior Member status ;).

Probably not a great idea to make songs about US political leaders anyways.

I'd hate to end up in Gitmo with fellow Canadian, Omar Khadr.

Just do 100 posts and you will be exalted as well.


If the night shows do not end members up in Gitmo I doubt if ours will.

noddlehead
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July 27, 2010 at 11:30 p.m. (EDT)

amEuphorbia said:

-sigh-

Noddle, cant you see that I was expanding on the song with a rhyme base (?)...

I think more rim shots
And fewer rhymes
Speak more faithfully of Palin
And these whack times
Ed

Go for it Ed, I know you can do it............

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