May 25, 2022

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Tannar Cummings’ journey to 50 summits

ROUNDUP — Roundup science teacher Tannar Cummings had a difficult encounter climbing Granite Peak above 10 a long time in the past. It taught Cummings a great deal about climbing and just how geared up he’d have to have to be, but he’s been hooked on it ever due to the fact. It wasn’t until eventually just lately, however, that he definitely obtained back again into it.

“This previous calendar year, I obtained into a ton much better form and I believed I have to have to go do a mountain or two. I needed to program a trip. I just required to get absent, get out on the street and do it myself. So I plan a person kind of spur of the minute,” stated Cummings. “I go down to Utah, go to Colorado, do Elbert, get my initially 14-er accomplished. Fairly easy hike, just tall. Go to New Mexico, then I travel straight to Arizona, stay on the mountain and do Arizona the very following working day.”

Cummings, a Belt High College graduate, has taken on a obstacle he first required to obtain following ending up his large university training – to climb the best place in all 50 United States. He’s knocked off 8 at the moment and will increase two a lot more to his tally by the conclude of the month. He is also hoping to climb the Seven Summits in his life time, which is made up of the highest peak on every single of the 7 continents.

“This summer season, we drew permits for Mt. Whitney, so I’m likely with a team of 5 to climb Mt. Whitney. Boundary Peak in Nevada, Whitney is in California, Boundary is in Nevada just ideal there, so I’m going to knock both equally of these out. All those are equally earlier mentioned 10,000 ft,” Cummings reported. “There’s only 13 states that have peaks earlier mentioned 10,000 feet. I’ve completed 8 of all those, 10 after this, so I’ll have a few remaining – Rainier in Washington, Denali in Alaska, Gannett in Wyoming.”

The massive part of his 50-condition tour will very likely get spot up coming summertime, as Cummings plans to bounce past the midway level with a lengthy trip alongside the east coastline.

“What I want to do is I want to fly to Maine, lease a motor vehicle, hit 20 state details together the east coast. Hike together the Appalachian Trail, devote two to three months busting it out in a rental motor vehicle and camping gear and stuff. Travel all the way down to Florida, hit 20 states, knock them out then fly back to Montana,” stated Cummings.

Also the observe mentor at Roundup, Cummings definitely doesn’t have a ton of time to get out and verify states off his list. As significantly as he enjoys training and coaching, it’s on top rated of a mountain exactly where he’s happiest.

“Find the a person matter that would make you most pleased in the entire world and continue doing it until finally you can not do it any longer. That is the most satisfying experience to me. On the lookout at people shots and observing my smile, it does not come about wherever else other than on leading of a mountain. So I’ll almost certainly preserve climbing mountains right up until the day I die,” Cummings stated.