Ted and Heather Devito, current title holders for the Fastest Bears in the Bear, are once again challenging the mountain’s residents and visitors to join them in conquering the Seven Summits of Big Bear. Seven climbs are planned, starting next Saturday, May 2, to the seven highest peaks surrounding the Big Bear Valley as a means of experiencing the Valley—and health—from a heightened perspective. Butler Peak is still closed due to fire damage in ’07, so Grays Peak will be added to the list of summits that includes Bertha Peak, Gold Mountain, Sugarlump/Bear Peak, Delamar Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain and, the biggie, San Gorgonio, which will be the seventh summit, to be climbed on September 19. To track each peak conquered, climbers will need a punch card, which is available online at SevenSummitsOfBigBear.org, or from local merchants, including the Mountain Fitness Center, Equada Outfitters, the North Shore Trading Company, Sol Food Market, and the Big Bear Discovery Center.
Eleven Contenders Overcome Challenges to Conquer the Bear; Heather Devito and Wes Barton Take Titles in Five-Event Series