Greenfield family takes on extreme hiking challenge


Sarah Muckerheide triumphantly holds the group's last Slim Jim snack over her head after reaching the summit of Mt. Whitney in California. (Photo provided)

Brian Muckerheide and his children Sarah, 13; and Luke, 11, brought back more than photos and maps of their adventure on the slopes of Mt. Whitney: They also cherish a sense of accomplishment. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Just a little something to consider if the Muckerheide family of Greenfield asks you to join them for a brisk, invigorating hike: Make sure you know where they’re going.

Otherwise, you might find yourself 11 miles up the trail and 14,508 feet into the clouds on one of California’s “14ers” – any one of the state’s 15 mountain peaks punching 14,000 feet or more into the atmosphere – such as Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states.

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