You are too funny. BTW, I like to sleep on hummocks with rocks poking me in the back.....
Glad you enjoyed the hummocks! For more hummock-humor, check out a recent whitewater kayaking trip post:
Sometimes a collection of random thoughts can be the best advice you will ever get! Thanks for the entertaining write-up.
I dig your writing style... this one flows well and it's a pleasure to read.
Keep in mind, though, that not all of us learned how to climb by taking mountaineering courses. Some did it the old fashioned way... by gradually doing harder and harder stuff, and by climbing with a variety of partners with a variety of experiences. ;)
Cool story! Have a beer at the Arctic Bar for me... if it's still there.
Ha! I loved this! Great article/thoughts!
Funny and nice way of saying - Beware....
I liked the last part - If you don't know who you are: hehehehe !!!!
All very insightful and good wisdom for most people.
That being said, I have done Mt. Rainer in two days, off the couch, unguided and it took us half the time must guide books suggest. If I went back to do it again, I would do it alone, in a day, car to car, with my skis, as many of my friends have done. If you are not a climber, the above advice is wondeful for you.
It is a big mountain and can kill people. Hire a guide, get good gear, train hard, period.
My take on it, if you are experienced enough to have a well used harness and broken in boots, scratched up crampons and a well worn pack, then you are probably experienced enough to climb Mt. Rainer. Being from a Badass state like Montana helps too!!
( I am probably one of those guys that overestimates his ability by 1/3)
Thanks for your wisdom Titanimum
just a wee bit overblown, dontcha think?
way overblown!! Its Rainier not K2!
Remain calm... you are not the target audience. It was a humorous piece written for the benefit of those who have not climbed and are thinking of jumping into the fray without fully thinking it through. Believe me, there are one or two members of that audience still lost on the way to White River campground. Cheers :)
Sorry if I offended you. It was a good read, actually it made me think a little. =)
No offense taken- and I should have clarified the target audience up front.
It was interesting to read the perspective of a beginner.
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." TS Eliot
Funny! And might help some of the folks who dont perpetually have a bivy sack or crampons drying in the bathroom.
As a current climber of active volcanoes rather than snowy mountains I found the article full of useful advice particularly with regards to fitness and gear hire. I've had invitations from colleagues to climb Cotopaxi and Rainier before but having read this certainly makes me reassess my state of readiness for such things.
"Rule of thumb, if you are a guy- you probably have overestimated your fitness level and capability by at least 1/3. If you are a woman, you have most likely underestimated by ½."
I was going to actually put a title "Sexist", but then clicked on your profile - don't generalize and put down your gender! We, women, actually tend to be way conservative. Also, just like in rock climbing, I find that women tend to make smaller more efficient steps then huge lunges men make that use bigger quad/ham/glute muscles that take up more oxygen...
I think she was saying that women tend to be more fit than they think wasn't she? I think you are both making the same point. :)
Mountain Girl mediated that one nicely- but I have to say that is the first time a woman has offered me such a title... to read my thoughts on "a woman's place" in life:
LOL, I just re-read it, and yes, MountainGirl is right. Sorry!