My response? HA! You never read any of those trip reports. If you had, you would know I didn't summit any of those mountains!
Not only did this trip see me summit my first real mountain, I gained my most elevation in a day and did the most scrambling I've done. It was an incredibly exhilarating trip that redefined what I think I am capable of in the mountains. A big thanks to Yana for putting up with me huddled and crying for my mommy on the scramble on the way up , as well as for being such a gracious partner and really helping me get through what was a pretty new experience for me. I've got some horrible pictures that I took with my crappy camera, I'll let them show a bit of the destination, along with a few of Yana headed over to Destination X. The three or four almost okay pictures I shot through my sunglasses to filter the super bright light and snow /glacier glare. How's that for yer fancy lenses?
Thanks for the report, bonobo. I'm glad you weren't permanently traumatized by the experience. I'm always happy to expand people's (hiking) horizons. I'm only sorry that I chose such a horribly ugly place for your first summit. I hope the resulting blindness is only temporary and subsiding already.
The ridge between Trappers and X Mountain is truly something else, so naturally I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It was like standing right on the boundary between two universes.
Here is an excessive amount of photos from the trip.
-------------- PLAY SAFE! SKI ONLY IN CLOCKWISE DIRECTION! LET'S ALL HAVE FUN TOGETHER!
Hey, that cliff-boot picture is sideways.
Either that, or there are a lot of trees growing horizontally out of the cliff down below.
However, even after twisting my neck 90 degrees to look at it, it's still just as steep, maybe even worse.
-------------- “As beacons mountains burned at evening.” J.R.R. Tolkien
Way to go Bonobo! There is no better hiking partner to take with you than Yana when expanding your horizons on the Mountains. If there was an award that best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the outdoors, than she deserves it. She got me up to the top of Three Fingers and I have never looked back!
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