Victories, challenges, lessons, and changes

It’s approaching two years since my last entry. Ten months passed between my summit and circumnavigation of Mount Rainer and the publishing of that mission’s story. It hasn’t been procrastination which has delayed my writing, but rather an eventful period which has kept me offline. That time has been an adventure full of highs, lows, and changes.

I’ve plotted points along that oscillating curve in two parts. This first begins just before the Rainier mission and ends on New Year’s Eve of 2018. …

Taking on the titan

Beginning Friday, July 20, 2018, I summited and circumnavigated Mount Rainier, thus completing Richard Kresser’s RASH challenge. I was joined by Denzil Jennings, James Campbell, and Scotty Strain for various segments. The summit and circumnavigation were each unsupported. The mission totaled approximately 114 miles and 36,000' of elevation gain and loss. From start to finish, it took 3 days, 2 hours, and 21 minutes; including a generous amount of sleep.

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A key difference between my efforts to summit and circumnavigate Mount Rainier and the rest of the mountains in the RASH was that I wanted to share the experience with friends. Climbing Mount Rainier requires a rope team for a novice like myself to obtain a permit. While I likely could have run the Wonderland Trail in a single push alone, I thought it would be more enjoyable to bring a friend and break the effort into two days so I wouldn’t miss any of the scenery at night. Sharing the awe in real time is far more rewarding than telling the story and hoping it is captured in others’ imaginations. …

Exploring the Brutal Wonders of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness

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On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Scott Martin and I ran The Bull King’s 21. This point-to-point route ascends 19,000' and descends 21,000' over about one hundred kilometers in Oregon’s remote and rugged Bull of the Woods Wilderness. Much of the route is off-trail — following ridge lines across chossy traverses and bushwhacking through thick vegetation. Scott and I established the route with the only known time (OKT) of 30 hours and 32 minutes. This included about seven off-route miles for a total of just over seventy miles.

A Monstrous Challenge Is Born

On Friday, November 10, 2017, Scotty Strain and I attempted a forty-mile route which would have summited three peaks in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness. We were turned back due to early-season, deep snow for which we were not prepared. …


Stephen Schieberl

Wilderness athlete, technologist, and family man.

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