Vitaliy M wrote:"By some freak fluke of chance I made it back."
Was the trail covered up or something? : D
Ah, Grasshopper, you have yet to learn how dangerous an "easy" NE mountain becomes in winter. Trail? Surely you jest. You can't find the trail, under 6' of snow.
My 2nd time up Gothics in winter, I was accompanied by a fellow who had climbed McKinley twice. He nearly shat his pants, when he discovered that we had 3' of loose powder on top of ice... and no harnesses.