From my home in Draper the radical slope rising S out of Big Willow cirque is plainly visible. These last few weeks it has been calling me. Today I answered the call. The climb from my lunch spot in the cirque to the goat bed at the top of the headwall (10,600')took almost an hour in difficult snow. It was wonderful. I did not go on up to Lone Peak this day. I have been there before.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe