April 6, 2011
Knowledge, experience, and a network of climbers.
An avid hiker for years, I've only recently discovered the joys of going to altitude. Most of the peaks I've summited in the last 2 years have been walk-ups: Lassen, Whitney, Dick's, etc. Shasta has been my only real mountaineering experience.
Rockin' Rick B. sure pulled together one EPIC adventure! Mom N. firmly reminded us who's the boss, but the lesson was beautiful and well taken. Definitely reconfirmed: climbers make for good company.