Seeking: Experienced mountaineering partners
Posted by tallsailor on Mar 3, 2008
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Location: United States
City or Place: GUNNISON, CO
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Categories: Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Skiing
Partner Status: Need Partners
I moved to CO this fall to build the skills needed for technical alpine climbing. Spent half the winter broken from a mountain biking fall... Now I am feeling like I am running out of winter! I am looking for experienced partners/mentors to bring me out and begin to help me get my head around basic skills like avalanche safety, snow climbing, route finding in the mountains, and a whole host of things I'm sure I can't even conceive of. As a baseline, I am in good physical condition and lead WI4-5ish. I learn quickly and never need baby sitting. My goal before I sidelined myself in October was to be in good enough shape to not only keep up with the best while learning on the go, but to carry their beer, too!
So, for starters I've got a hankering for some committed multipitch ice with some easy mixed thrown in. I also want to suffer on some light and fast two or three day snow slogs or 14ers or something. I'm pretty sure my sleeping/clothing systems are functional, although I don't have a mountain-worthy stove.
"And isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, ooh ooh ooh, the sky is the limit!"
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