- Technical: 2.5,
short rock band 3, (alpine 3.0)
two attempts I finally climbed this little peak. It is only a hike but approaches
an easy scramble near the summit and on a couple sections when gaining the ridge. In
winter it becomes a slightly more serious endeavour. In stead of my regular prattle
I’d like to take this opportunity for a little sermon (yes, some may be rolling their eyes).
In a notch on
the ridge that I entered to avoid loose wet snow, which is completely avoidable in the dry, and which rates as moderate scrambling,
I had a foot hold pull out. Nothing untoward happened as I had 3 other points
of contact and I would not have even thought twice about it until I later learned that a fellow climber on the RMB forum had
encountered loose terrain on the same weekend and was fairly significantly hurt. Getting
on my little soapbox for a moment I cannot stress enough that even easy hikes can become terribly costly. A simple miscalculation,
or bad luck, is sufficient to turn a wonderful day in the outdoors into a nightmare from hell.
On easier terrain, such an error will usually result in an injury that one can often times walk (err hobble) away from. On difficult terrain such an error can likely mean death or horrific injury. It is a fact that one is gambling with ones life, and the lives of their partners
who will often risk themselves to help an injured partner, when they engage in these activities. Mountaineering principles have been established that aim to minimize such risk. Gear like ice axes, crampons, helmets, rope and ice/rock protection all reduce the potential for injury,
if used properly (although they are absolutely not fool proof). I stress that
anyone journeying into the outdoors must do so with solid preparation and with the gear and knowledge to minimize risks.