The 8th grade Adventure Education class climbed Mount Pilchuck today. The hike was six strenuous miles round-trip. All hikers gained 2,200 feet in elevation. Students walked for approximately five hours. All students made it to the summit and back to the bus. Each wrote a five paragraph reflection paper in class. Students' comments follow:
I would have to say that rock climbing at the peak was an experience that will go down in my hall of fame.
In the way of outdoor activities, this is a great one. You should definetly try it sometime. If you have, do it again. I know I will...
If you ever get a chance to go to this beautiful mountain you only need three things: A lot of food and water, don't take shortcuts and bring good friends to share the great experience with.
Getting to Mt. Pilchuck: $7
Buying the water bottles: $10
The Lunchable eaten at the top: $3.65
Seeing the pictures you get: Priceless
For everything else, there's Mastercard...
I didn't want to come out of the fire tower because I was really scared of heights. My friend Courtney was scared too, but we both went outside together.
My favorite part of this hike was when we got to the top and my friends and I were jumping around like ninjas. This activity trains your heart, body and soul.
It may have been hard, but it was amazing. Pilchuck has been conquered.
I'm sure that everybody in this class went home with something they learned about this hike that will always be with them and will hopefully draw them back for more.
I would love to do it again on my spare time. Just remember, if you don't like heights then this hike might not be good for you.