Silver Peak or Bust Hike
17th Annual Event - Results
Muckers Lead 34 Mile Hike: Record breaker Scott Thibodeaux followed by Cedric Kirby, both who played on the 2007 Nye County Tonopah Mucker State Championship Football Team, led the way for the 40 trekkers for the 17th Silver Peak or Bust Hike. Another Mucker teammate from 2007, Roberto Miramontes participated with the 37 other entrants for this grueling one-day event on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Scott’s time was 7 hours and 51 minutes.
The start is Highway 264 and Eagle Road 3 miles South of the Esmeralda Market in Fish Lake Valley, Nevada, finishing with a climb of 3,000’ over the Silver Peak Range wilderness to the Old School Saloon in the historic mining camp of Silver Peak, Nevada. There are no services over this rugged 4wd trail.
Pete Swan, machinist, now 71, finished his third straight time on a mountain bicycle. His best time was under 7 hours, but this year the rugged jeep trail had been washed out in many places, but the heroic efforts of Devin Thackeray and others of the Esmeralda Road Department made the course passable safely by ATV’s and 4wd vehicles (high clearance and short heel base 4WD preferred). The trail from the top of McAfee Pass East for 5 miles was covered with rocks, other debris, soft sand, and slabs of rock that had to be carefully negotiated by the trail angel vehicles. Despite the treacherous trail, Bill Kirby, Sr., Bill Kirby, Jr. Russel Torres, and Daniel Villa managed to make mile markers, direction lines and X’s for water and nourishment stops the day before the event.
At the finish Silver Peak’s Old School Saloon provided the facilities for a BBQ where Jesse Mazur volunteered to cook for the throng. He also donated charcoal and water. The “trail angels” that rescued tired hikers and monitored the course for safety used their own vehicles were the EsCSD Superintendent’s wife, Theresa Terhune, EsCSD Business Manager, Wendy Sanderson, EsCSD Transportation/Facilities Director Doug Kile, Brian Sanderson, Maintenance, Branden Cornforth, Dyer, Bill Kirby, Jr., Accountant (Gig Harbor, WA), Bill Kirby, Sr., EsCSD School Board Member, Debbee Kirby, Paraprofessional, Hugo Guerrero, Grefco Plant Manager, Chino Pinon, Grefco Safety Coordinator/Controlman and Volunteer Firefighter, and many others.
Finishers and Their Ages: Scott Thibodeaux 27, Cedric Kirby 26, Sal Simental 52, Brenda Kapahua 46, Dustin Trahan 32, Jennifer Giltner 32, Josh Abbott 34, John Scates 44, Daniel Villa 11, Brianna Sanderson 11, Russel Torres 11.
Efforts in Approximate Miles: Michael Abbott 8 years old 13 miles, Tryniti Cargill 11 years old, 9 miles, Sam Rohlman 13 years old 19 miles, Emily Abbott 11 years old 25 miles, Eric Giltner 15 years old 17.9 miles, Aiden Cornforth 10 years old 10 miles, Romy Frederick 36 years old 28 miles, Jenn Frederic 33 years old 20 miles, Matthew Abbott 6 years old 9 miles, Jasmine Simental 26 years old 17.9 miles, Angela Garcia 30 years old 15 miles, Alyssa Torres 7 years old 9.5 miles, Delia Scates 10 years old 24 miles (Youngest Female to Finish at 9 in 2017), Aven Scates 8 years old 20 miles, Bonnie Cornforth 49 years old 8 miles, Carson Rogers 10 years old 19.5 miles, Jessica Villa 38 years old 10.5 miles, Nora Villa 5 years old 5 miles, Roberto Miramontes 66 years old 15.5 miles, Guillermina Miramontes 63 years old 5 miles, Roberto Miramontes, Jr. 27 years old 17.9 miles, Anabel Guerrero 38 years old 17.9 miles, Analee Guerrero 9 years old 15.5, Sandra Miramontes 26 years old 2 miles, Neil Terhune 66 years old 17 miles. Neil Terhune, EsCSD Superintendent finished in 2017 at 65 years of age.
The hike was started in 2001 by 3-time EC Commissioner and Current School Board Member, Bill Kirby.
Funds provided by sponsors and other donors from the general-public have provided funds for SAT and ACT testing at Tonopah High School, meals and lodging for athletic and academic events, funds for finishing touches on the Fish Lake Valley gymnasium, and to cover many other costs for Esmeralda and Tonopah High student activities not covered by taxpayer dollars. The tax- deductible donations are made to the audited Esmeralda County School District at P O Box 129, Dyer Nevada 89010.
By William Kirby
17th Annual Event - Background
The Silver Peak or Bust hike is a one-day, 34 mile hike from Dyer to Silver Peak. This will be the 17th year individual hikers have undertaken this hike. Previous hikers have raised thousands of dollars in donations to the Esmeralda County School District Hike Fund. The hike starts at Highway 264 and Eagle Road in Fish Lake Valley and climbs about 3,000 feet to the top of McAfee Pass before making a long descent to the Clayton Valley, where hikers will need to dig deep to find the strength to make the final push across the valley to finish at the Old School Saloon in the historic mining town of Silver Peak, Nevada.
Last year our heroic new schools superintendent Neil Terhune, 65, finished the event as his introduction to the spirit and enthusiasm common to the people of Esmeralda County who help our youth.
The Fund supports both Esmeralda and Nye Tonopah High School Students for extra-curricular activity expenses as well as all three Esmeralda K-8 Schools – Dyer, Goldfield and Silver Peak; Additional instructional supplies for Esmeralda Teachers; The new Fish Lake Valley Community Center Building was completed with a substantial donation from the Hike Fund; The Hike Fund has also pledged support to the Esmeralda County School District Athletic Track and Field located on the Dyer Elementary School Campus as well as purchasing Warm Up jackets for the Mustang Basketball Team.
By William Kirby