Tannar Cummings’ journey to 50 summits

ROUNDUP — Roundup science trainer Tannar Cummings had a hard experience climbing Granite Peak over 10 decades back. It taught Cummings a great deal about climbing and just how prepared he’d need to have to be, but he’s been hooked on it ever considering the fact that. It wasn’t right up until a short while ago, however, that he truly bought back into it.

“This final calendar year, I received into a ton greater condition and I thought I will need to go do a mountain or two. I needed to approach a trip. I just needed to get absent, get out on the road and do it myself. So I system one sort of spur of the minute,” claimed Cummings. “I go down to Utah, go to Colorado, do Elbert, get my first 14-er completed. Quite straightforward hike, just tall. Go to New Mexico, then I push straight to Arizona, remain on the mountain and do Arizona the really upcoming working day.”

Cummings, a Belt High University graduate, has taken on a challenge he initial desired to reach after ending up his substantial university education – to climb the highest stage in all 50 United States. He’s knocked off 8 at present and will increase two much more to his tally by the conclusion of the thirty day period. He is also hoping to climb the Seven Summits in his lifetime, which is made up of the maximum peak on just about every of the 7 continents.

“This summertime, we drew permits for Mt. Whitney, so I’m going with a group of five to climb Mt. Whitney. Boundary Peak in Nevada, Whitney is in California, Boundary is in Nevada just ideal there, so I’m likely to knock both of those of people out. Individuals are both equally previously mentioned 10,000 ft,” Cummings stated. “There’s only 13 states that have peaks earlier mentioned 10,000 toes. I have completed eight of people, 10 soon after this, so I’ll have 3 remaining – Rainier in Washington, Denali in Alaska, Gannett in Wyoming.”

The massive portion of his 50-condition tour will likely consider position upcoming summer months, as Cummings programs to soar earlier the halfway point with a long journey alongside the east coast.

“What I want to do is I want to fly to Maine, rent a car, strike 20 state details alongside the east coastline. Hike together the Appalachian Path, expend two to 3 weeks busting it out in a rental vehicle and tenting gear and stuff. Journey all the way down to Florida, strike 20 states, knock them out then fly again to Montana,” mentioned Cummings.

Also the track mentor at Roundup, Cummings clearly does not have a ton of time to get out and test states off his listing. As a great deal as he enjoys educating and coaching, it is on leading of a mountain the place he’s happiest.

“Find the one factor that tends to make you most pleased in the planet and continue on doing it till you just cannot do it any more. That’s the most rewarding knowledge to me. Wanting at people pics and viewing my smile, it doesn’t occur anywhere else other than on leading of a mountain. So I’ll almost certainly preserve climbing mountains until the day I die,” Cummings claimed.