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Hale conquers

September 3, 2013


Citizen editor

Garrett Hale, who looks like every other fourth grade student at Oakwood Elementary School, only smaller, has had a big summer.


His August activities put Garrett in an elite group of hikers in the State of Idaho. The others are all older than him by quite a few years and have climbed the nine summits in Idaho with an elevation over 12,000 ft.

Garrett first hiked to the top of Mount Borah at age seven. The other six he hiked during the month of August, with his father at his side. He wanted have all nine done before his tenth birthday.

Garrett Hale triumphs at the peak of his last ascent.

Garrett Hale triumphs at the peak of his last ascent.

Garrett’s father, Tony, had already had the nine peaks under his belt. The father and son are on an exclusive list of some 100 other people who have hiked the summits of the peaks over 12,000 feet in Idaho. Most are in the Lost River Range in Custer County. They include Borah, Leatherman and Donaldson Peaks with Mount Idaho, Church and Breitenbach in the mix. Lost River Mountain is another peak in the Lost River Range that meets the requirements.

This story is sponsored by Franklin County Highmarkers Club.

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