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Climb Mount Baldy.

Mount Baldy, the familiar name for the peak that appears on maps as Mt. San Antonio, soars 10,064 feet in the San Gabriel Mountains. There’s the so-called easy way to the top—taking the ski lift and then hoofing it another three miles on the steep Devil’s Backbone Trail. Then there’s the hard way—the grinding nine-mile trip up and down the Ski Hut Trail.

Finally, there’s the extreme path of Jordan Kunz ’07 and Aaron Boeke ’06, who decided in early April, to make a sunrise hike along the Ski Hut Trail. That sounds pleasant, but by “sunrise hike,” they meant to hike all night so they’d reach the peak by sunrise. Wearing headlamps and snow gear, they started at 2:15 a.m. on a blustery morning. Both came from snow country—Kunz from Washington state and Boeke from Colorado—but they soon found spots where fresh snow had erased the trail. At about 9,000 feet, another hardcore hiker passed them, and they were able to follow his footsteps to the top. Streaks of sunlight were cutting through the clouds when the pair finally reached the windswept peak at 7:22 a.m. and were rewarded with a stunning view of the clouds below. “It felt like we were on top of the world,” says Kunz.
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