Engineer and our plans
"Keep close to Nature's heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean". John Muir
The mountain is smoking
Sunset over Engineer Mountain
Sometimes we plan one adventure and another one, even better happens. Our original plan was to go rock climbing over the weekend, but since the weather forecasted rain, we chose to test our survival skills in the mountains.
We both have summited Engineer in the past, Scott even via a south face winter climb - very steep route, and definitively very unusual way to summit this semi-technical peak.
The peak is challenging enough for many in the summer, and winter poses its own challenges. Most people use a rope for the winter climb since there is considerable exposure, we decided to go light. Deep snow approach (we used our skis), solitude and always the caution with some fresh snow and stability of the slabs above us.
The fact that he told me about a spring accident on the ridge (same route as ours) did not add much to my bravery. Three climbers were attempting NE ridge climb, and under 2 of the climbers the ridge cornice collapsed killing one and sending the other one for many months of hospitalization and rehabilitation. Great! I prayed secretly for our safety.
The climb itself felt really comfortable.
"I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral." Robert Louis Stevenson