Fall Creek Mountain Annual Birthday Climb 2016 and History

Fall Creek Mountain

This year on Sept 11th we did our annual Fall Creek Mountain climb.  Stephen Bannister, Kate and I  started this tradition in  2010 and have had various friends join us over the years.  Actually, I went up to the peak for the first time on June 4, 1999 with my dog Stanley and between then and 2010 have climbed there several times.  Kate and I climbed there with Ben and Biggs in 2006 and 2007.  This year I decided to make a video of the climb with very few photos.  This year three of us are in our 70s and three in their 60s.  It was so easy this year.  Amazing.

Following this 2016 video and photos is the group shots by year since I first went there.

Photos from 1999 (below).  I went from the top of Fall Creek Mtn, then to the top of the ridge between Culbertson Lake and Penner Lake and shot photos to the opposite side

2006(below) Kate, me, Ben and Biggs


2010(below) (first “birthday hike”)

Fall Creek Mountain
The founders of this tradition


Fall Creek Mountain


Fall Creek Mountain

2013(below) – just me, Stephen and Janelle in snow!



2016 (below)

Fall Creek Mountain, CA

2017 (below)

Fall Creek Mountain

2018 (below)


Author: Geoff

Quick rundown: Grew up in Lombard, Illinois, went to Arizona State University, worked as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co, then Laventhal and Horwath, then Rolling Stones, then Heron International, then Goodby Berlin and Silverstein in San Francisco. Moved to the foothills in 1990 and traded futures and designed websites. Married to Kate Stewart, now living in Colfax, CA. We have six grandchildren. I enjoy camping in our RV, hiking, kayaking, fishing, droning and cross country skiing Also conga drumming, photography and dogs.

2 thoughts on “Fall Creek Mountain Annual Birthday Climb 2016 and History”

  1. Dear Bro Geoff
    What a wonderful travelogue of this awesome annual group Mtn. Climb in the Calif. Sierra mountains. This climb appeared to be extremely rugged at numerous times (definitely not for the casual, weekend hiker). The video really made me feel , once again, like I was actually climbing that mountain with the group. The climb was rough, you didn’t actually have any type of man made walking triail for so much of the climb. So much of your climb/hike was just over very rocky terrain. So much of the video soundtrack was of very bad breathing. Was the altitude so high that the mountain air was very thin making the breathing so difficult for everyone of the climbers? Maybe some portable oxygen bottles would have helped the climbers. Maybe an idea for next year. The country of the mountain was really beautiful. The swimming looked extremely frigid in the mountain lake. So many hikers just stripped off their cloths & jumped in. Why didn’t the chicken photographer Bro Geoff jump in? He’s no fool!!. Great portfolio of regular photos. All of the conversations of the climbers in the video made it so realistic, I actually felt I was part of the climbing group. Having the travelogue cover so many areas of the hike & climb was great. Your photos covering all of the years of the annual trip made it so realistic. Keep it up for the future years.

    Bro Geoff thanks for putting together this magnificent video which had to be a tremendous amount of work. This total package is wonderful.

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