peak was unnamed, the approach untraveled. No guidebook described
the route that Joe and Joan Firey plotted through the Picket Range in
the summer of 1970. They knew easier approaches to the peak they
wanted to climb, but the unknown traverse they proposed was far
more interesting. Would the crossing into McMillan Cirque go? Would
the mysterious peak be climbable with the gear they carried? Would
the weather hold for their unconventional route back to civilization?
Could their teenage daughter Carla handle the rugged travel?
Uncertainty lurked beyond every turn. For the Fireys, that was just
the way they liked it.