That was my son’s conclusion after today’s climb. At 9000 feet his head was aching with that uncomfortable combination of altitude, sun exposure, fatigue, and dehydration that mountaineers are so familiar with. Pyramid would have to wait for us another time. Less than a 1000 feet to reach the summit. So close, but impossibly far at the same time.
This Winter I bought Nacho his first pair of mountaineering boots and crampons. He has been practicing self belay and self arrest over the last couple of years, but it was time to take his climbing to the next level. One of our goals is to climb Shasta. This does not only requires competency using crampons and ice axe, but also fitness and endurance to ascend 7000 feet in a couple of days.Continue reading →