July 27, 2013
Right now my goal is to do a guided trip up Rainier.
I have climbed both, but only as a second.
Climbing the Osceola slide in the White Mountains. After some heavy snow in the week before, the 3 mile approach turned into a post-holing nightmare. The slide wasn't totally filled in , so there were some significant sections of vertical ice (and this was my first ice climbing trip), resulting in a few hairy falls. After topping out, we had to wrestle our way through 300 yards of dense evergreen, during which I lost a crampon, and ended up having to crawl through the trees to reach the nearest trail. We finished things up with a 4 mile trek back to the car.
I enjoy everything about being outside and am trying to up my rock and ice skills in the hopes of getting into some more serious alpine adventures.