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Val-Advanced Trips:

From: Val
Sent on: Thursday, March 29, 2012 7:37 PM

I urge you to read the 32 hour Chiwaukum story and all the follow-ups and explanations. It give you tips and you can learn from it. It now is pretty much complete:[masked]

Firends who hike


Signing Up For Advanced Hikes……

Friends who hike with me often know this, but read it anyway:


A: I am always bewildered that people sign up for my trips yet refuse to read the description:

 Val doesn't have a set turn-around time. If we are close to the summit, and everybody is up for it, we go on, even if we have to come down in the dark with headlamps. I have good navigational skills and find my way back off trail even if we come back on a different route and in the dark as well. And... should it really happen, we are equipped (right? Warm stuff...!) for a bivi as well. IF this bothers you, DO NOT GO on an advanced trip”.

The last sentence says it all.  When dealing with mountaineering you have to be equipped to deal with the unexpected.  Conditions, routes, weather, and group composition can bring about unexpected situations.  Sometimes bunkering down and bivying is the best option in these situations.  You MUST bring enough clothing/gear/shelter to account for this possibility on every trip.  These hikes are often marked as Advanced Snowshoe/scramble for a reason, the consequences for being ill-prepared in a snow environment with sub freezing temperatures can be catastrophic.  By failing to be prepared for this, you put not only your own life in danger, but also those in the group who have to make their own sacrifices to account for your negligence.  You can not hike these fantastic trips as we do, get to the summit, and not push weather and time, without the remove possibility of a bivi.


B: Often, passive decisions are made, but not saying anything, or giving in to peer pressure. “Let’s go down there”, or “that ridge looks better”  or “let’s look at it”.

We are all adults and if the style of leadership doesn’t suit you, DO NOT sign up.


C: If you want equipment within your group, that they members may not have, then it is your responsibility to have it. If you want a bivi bag, jet-boil, foam-pad, extra close, down-parka’s, raingear or food and water, BRING IT AND CARRY it. Do not rely on leaders to do it for you.


D: And if you sign up for near very challenging trips, that however can still be fun with the right people to at least try, trips that are 5500ft in deep snow and 12+ miles on unknown routes, trips where you may encounter high winds, scree, steep icy snow, the need to be roped up, then have the mental & physical strength to do them and stay with the team.


Then it will be fun, whatever trouble we encounter. We go slow, deliberate, carefully and methodically to get it done. Peaks, right?


P assion for mountains
E nthusiasm for 5000 ft
A dventurous scrambling
K omradery for camping
S nacks to share 

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