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Ken D.


Arlington, MA
Hometown: Arlington

Member since:

September 14, 2010


Which aspects of mountaineering and backcountry sports are of most interest to you? -- (Hiking) (Backcountry Skiing) (Ice Climbing) (Rock Climbing) (Backpacking & Camping) ?

I've done quite a bit, but just like to get out and do things that are relaxing.

What is your level of mountaineering experience or other backcountry skills? -- (Novice) (Beginner) (Intermediate) (Advanced) (Pro)? (Feel free to add some specifics):

I have climbed Denali, Ranier, Blanc (solo), and various peaks in California, Washington, Arizona. I ice climbed Huntington Ravine, Crawford Notch, I lead ice of 3 and trad to 5.5 or so.

What is your greatest achievement in the the mountains as of today?


What is you "next" greatest goal? Touch some summit? Backpack a trail?

Just trying to keep in shape.

What was your most epic, trip that gives you the cold sweats in the middle of the night?

Before summit day of Denali, I was trying to sleep in a couped up tent with two heavy breathing climbers snoozing away. The air was thin and suffocating in the tent. Gasping for air, I had to stick my head out of the tent, then somehow tried to get back to sleep. Unfortunately, the story of my life--I didn't get great sleep. After summitting the next day, I was completely hypoxic, soaking wet from sweat, tired and sleepy. Unfortunately, it was very cold at 17K that night. I wore every bit of clothing while in the bag, but I was still freezing, because the bag got wet (and it was too small to begin with). On hind sight, I should have stripped and dried off before getting in the down sleeping bag. The clothes wouldn't have dried, but we would be exiting the mountain in two days.


Hi, I'm Ken and I like hiking and climbing.

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