Acumen wrote:Alright so here is another question. A mutual friend of mine, and another person coming on this trip, wants to come. They have no experience with backpacking or mountaineering, although they have been reading TFOTH and do have some idea of what they are getting into. He has or has access to all the necessary equipment. He is very busy, and will have no time to do a trip beforehand to drive somewhere to go over things in snow or on ice, might be able to spend a day just in the woods down here where it is going to be like 50F. He is in great shape, the physical aspect I am not worried about. I am nervous about him coming along, but my other friend is all for it and it seems he likely will. What does everyone think about it? I can't tell if I am being too cautious about it, or if my friend is being too laid back.
Acumen wrote:They have no experience with backpacking or mountaineering.
Acumen wrote:Great news everyone. My insistence finally paid off and we took a last second 3 AM trip up to the High Peaks this weekend. We camped at Lake Colden via Algonquin for a 6 mile 3000 ft gain day. It was warm, around 40F, maybe 20F with windchill at the summit, but there was snow and ice and it was enough to give the newbie and idea of what to expect. He came to the conclusion that he needed more experience. A smart decision.
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