Daria wrote:One of my friends Vitaliy stated "5 days down the drain". Quite the contrary, it was a great training opportunity and we witnessed some beautiful sights.
Daria, Thanks for sharing the great pictures and highlights of your trip!
Knowing when to turn back is the most important mountaineering skill. Turning back pre-maturely, or unnecessarily and you only miss one
chance to summit. Failing to turn back when you should and you may miss all
future opportunities. And when you do make your winter summit of Black Kaweah, it will be even sweeter!
I log my incomplete summit attempts to show family and freinds that I use good judgement and turn back when all the personal and external factors aren't right. I turn back short of the summit on about 25 to 30% of my outings. Sure summitting is preferred, but just being out there makes any trip a success.