But I had nothing to worry about. Everyone was friendly. I ended up sharing a tent with an amiable Australian named Andrew. We all made the summit on a sunny June day. I decided I liked this mountaineering stuff. However, I didn't anticipate how much my job would get in the way.
|Mt. Baker summit. Not very high tech gear, but I made it! Note duct taped pants, from a crampon mishap.|
1. Give up on North America and probably Europe and a lot of other places (I'm not really interested in struggling up peaks in the winter). This means no Mt. Rainier for you. This is kind of a bummer, because it means your trips will probably take longer and cost more. There probably won't be any do-overs if you don't make the summit. But every trip will be an adventure! (see #5 for an alternate plan).
2. Go south. Kilimanjaro! The volcanoes of Ecuador! Nepal trekking peaks! Even Antarctica! All those mountains are out there, and you'll meet people from all over the world climbing them.
|At Stella Point on the way to the summit of Kilimanjaro|
|Summit of Mera. Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the back center of this photo.|
|Climbing in Antarctica|
5. Catch your boss in a good mood and ask (mine's almost always in a good mood so it was easy)! That's how I was able to climb mountains last June for the first time since Mt. Baker so many years ago. Hello Northern Hemisphere! I've missed you. Where can I go next?
|Climbing in Iceland in a whiteout|