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Fred of the Mountain

Posted at 1:00 PM on October 2, 2008 by Fred Child

Rob Hubbard here, taking care of the blog while Fred is on vacation. John Birge is hosting the show this week.

In case you're wondering where Fred has been, I thought I'd share with you what he had to say when he called on Monday morning.

"It's Fred calling to the PT studios. Sorry to be away for a couple of weeks, but it's been a great vacation. And, at the moment, this is what I've been aiming for. I'm calling from the top of Mount Rainier in Washington state. 14,411 feet. Couldn't have made it without help from some great guides: Dan and Brenda and George. A team of nine of us made it up to the summit.

"It's a beautiful day, about 10 o'clock in the morning. The sun came up as we passed about 12,000 feet. And you can just see for miles in every direction. Mount Hood, Mount Adams, even Mount Jefferson faintly in the far, far background. And Mount St. Helen's, too.
"About the last 500 vertical feet, I started having two pieces of music going through my head. One was the third movement from the Ravel String Quartet. But then, just at the very, very end, I started hearing 'The Lark Ascending' by Ralph Vaughan Williams. And that was the music that was going through my head. And, in fact, there are birds up here at the very top of Mount Rainier.

"Looking forward to seeing everybody soon."

You can hear a tape of our conversation with Fred. It's near the end of the first hour of Wednesday's "Performance Today." He'll be back on Monday.

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