Heading to the Mountains

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    Jul 19, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    Last year, I made a failed first attempt to climb a mountain with some unexperienced mountaineers. I spent the most frightening hours of my life clinging to my axe near the top of a snow coulier during a rock fall.

    This week, I'm returning to the Rockies, taking my first helicopter ride to a base camp in the North Selkirks, and attempting again to summit my first mountain(s). I'm hoping to do at least one, maybe more, including the peaks in these photos (Trident in the first pic; from left to right, Rhea, Neptune, and Cronus in the second):

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    It's a seven-day mountaineering camp, so I'll have experienced guides and some great people to climb with. I'm still nervous. I've been training for months and packing almost as long, but feel woefully unprepared.

    I'll have pics up from the trip shortly after I get back (August 5). If nothing is up by the middle of the month, somebody please take down my profile, cause it likely means the trip didn't go well. (Kidding, sort of.) icon_rolleyes.gif

    A "good luck" or two would be welcome. icon_smile.gif
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 19, 2009 10:54 PM GMT
    Once I climb a (not so tall ) mountain with 2 of my brother and my nephew. On reaching the summit, we have to do a vertical rock climbing, you know with rope . I was the last person to climb. My out of shape brother make it, my 14 years old nephew did and my fitter younger brother have no problem doing except for me. I was stuck, cant go up and cant go down. I was so scare and in tears and keep calling for help. Latter on my younger brother , endangering his life come down and help me. And finally I reach the summit.

    Looking back, I realize this thing is all in the mind. The whole nite before (in our camp) my brother told me about how dangerous, fearful and difficult the last hurdle is. He was telling me he was shaken with fear during the last time he climb. About other climber that get injured (some kill) during the vertical climb. This talk get me nrevous, destroyed my confidence and ability to think. Those vertical rock climbing are not really that challenging, it just my mind is playing a trick on me and keep scaring me that I cant do it.

    Do your preparation, make sure all you safety equipment are available , have confidence and just do it.

    Good luck
    zak



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    Jul 20, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    Just bring some extra plump friends along in case you get in trouble run out of emergency rations icon_lol.gif

    Being in tip-top shape is essential!
  • Powderpig8

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    Jul 21, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    Good luck on your summit attempts! Hope the weather is great! Looks like fun, maybe we can do it together sometime :-)
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    Jul 26, 2009 11:17 AM GMT
    I'm jealous. I'll say good luck, but I doubt you'll need it. Enjoy!
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    Jul 26, 2009 12:59 PM GMT
    Good luck and don't try to bypass the rules.
    You'll be safe if your with truly experienced climbers. It looks like an awesome adventure.
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    Jul 26, 2009 1:43 PM GMT
    Tapper saidI'm jealous. I'll say good luck, but I doubt you'll need it. Enjoy!


    I'm not. Definitely scary. LOL

    But good luck!
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    Aug 06, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. I'm back, safe and sound. Climbed two mountains: Porpoise (2943m/9655’) and Rhea (2939m/9642’). Also did the first part of Neptune, but the rest was off limits due to warm weather. Had a blast at the camp, met some great people, and am pretty sure I'll do it all again next year. icon_smile.gif

    Photos coming soon. Right now, I need to shower and sleep.
  • locked_off

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    Aug 10, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
    Congrats! How were the climbs?