Ascent of Ebright Azimuth on 2015-04-04

Climber: Anthony Olivari

Date:Saturday, April 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ebright Azimuth
    Elevation:442 ft / 134 m

Ascent Trip Report

Years of planning were to come to fruition on this day. A Herculean feat of logistical, mental and physical preparation was to reach its glorious conclusion. I'd spoken to Ed Viesturs via phone in the fall:

"Ed, I'm going to need you on this one. With the knowledge you gained on Annapurna, my chances of success will be greatly increased."
"Are you insane? Delaware in April? The temperature could drop into the fifties, and you do realize there is a pedestrian crossing WITHOUT a traffic control device, right?"
"Ed, man up" I said.
"You're being reckless" was his reply. "The summit is optional, coming home is mandatory."

So Ed was out, I'd have to go it alone.

I set up base camp shortly after 11am on Saturday, April 4th. I was about five vertical feet below the summit, maybe a bit more. It was a seventy-five foot traverse to the summit, maybe even a hundred feet. The wind was gusting over twenty-five mph, dropping the wind chill into the fifties. I could see people were barely braking for the stop sign at the summit. I had to man up. Glory is not for the faint of heart. I stepped out of the car.

Did I need all this gear? No. The vanilla latte from Starbucks should stay in the car. It could chill unnecessarily in this breeze. My phone. I'd need that. Who would believe I'd reached the Ebright benchmark without a photo, like Herzog on Annapurna? I'd need proof. Terror gripped me as I heard the traffic on Ebright Road. I fought on. I had to wait for no less than three cars to pass by before I could cross and reach the historic marker, telling me this may or may not be the highest point in Delaware. But I'd done it. There I stood, in glorious isolation of roughly 2/3 of a mile, with a clean prominence of no less than 32'. Glory unrivaled.

Withoout concern for my well being, I looked around the summit area. Reality soon set back in, and I realized my mortal peril on this exposed summit. I retreated to basecamp and quickly left the vicinity of the mighty Delaware Range, considering myself lucky to have survived.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear

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