+Red_Cedars Posted August 13, 2005 Share Posted August 13, 2005 The previous thread that I had started on this has dropped off the bottom of the stack, so I have to start a new one. I went in search of SY1866, Boulder Peak, this past weekend. It was a solo trip, but I had to fight amongst three people for priorities, the Benchmark Hunter, the Mountaineer, and the Photographer. All three of us wanted to get to the top for various reasons. Unfortunately, the Photographer won out on a couple of arguments as to what was truly neccessary for the trip and I ended up carrying too much camera equipment and not enough water to successfully complete the summit attempt. I made it to within 200 horizontal feet of the station, but was still a good 300 vertical feet below it. I was pretty exhausted, had used half my water, and knew I still needed to get back down. I probably could have made it to the summit, but I'd have been exhausted and out of water. So I headed back to camp. But I still count the trip as a success because I learned a few things that I'll need for my next attempt. 1. The Mountaineer gets veto power over the Photographer and Benchmark Hunter for such searches. Yeah, it'd be nice to have all your toys with you at the top of the mountain, but we're all in agreement that we want to get there. 2. Carry twice as much water and half as much camera gear. 3. Start early enough to avoid the brutal sun and you won't spend as much time drinking water and looking for nearly non-existant shade. 4. Your GPS that was nearly useless down in the tree covered valleys (My etrex hates tree cover.) really comes into it's own up on the mountain slopes. Nine or more stong sattelites and 9 foot accuracy. I don't think I've ever seen it so good. 5. Those nice green patches that look so pretty from down below are harder to navigate than the rocky places. It's difficult to find your footing when the ground beneath is covered by shrubbery. 6. Regardless of how it looks on the map, following the ridgeline generally sucks. You're better off traverseing a bit below, in the boulder fields. From my base camp at Boulder Lake, I also took some pictures of the ridgeline I followed. My hope is to scan them and use the information to better plot my route for my next attempt. Just thought I'd share this here first. I'm off to post it as a note at the GC site. I'll have some pictures to add later, once I get them out of the camera. R_C Quote Link to comment
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