Dusty, Toby and Christina Steere
Growing up in the Steere family Toby and I were initiated early on into the
joys and challenges of backcountry living. However, it wasn't until we climbed
our first 10,000 foot peak with John Roper that the Steere cousins fully understood
how to pack for a Roper climb. Our destination was Black Peak, tall and commanding
rising from deep within the North Cascade Mountain range. The climbing party
consisted of Tex, Toby, Dusty, Monte, Grady and Nigel Steere who followed
our fearless leader John Roper. Down at basecamp our packs had been considerably
lightened as John paired down our "10 essentials" to what seemed
like 3 essentials. The climbing trip was a fabulously memorable experience
as we all summited Black Peak on a sunny summer morning and took in the glorious
views. However, as the climbing party began its descent back to the cars,
young Dusty felt the call of mother nature and announced his urgent need to
vacate his bowels. He quickly emptied his backpack in search of toilet paper
but found none. Frantically, he asked John to use some of his. John smiled,
reached down, selected a smooth rock and handed it to Dusty with this warning, "Don't
squeeze the Charmin."
Dusty, Toby & Christina Steere
Dusty, Toby, Grady and Monte climbing somewhere
up near Diablo in about 1987
Hidden Lake with John giving his
party directions. The party includes Dusty and Christina Steere, Sarah
Steere, Denise Toal, Aaron, Ella and Grady Steere.
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