What are your dream climbs? which climbs were the most influentual for you? Your landmark achievements?
It seems that winter climbs do not give up their pleasures and secrets quite as easily as summer climbs. That rock climb will be there next week but Called On Account Of Rains may never form on a given year. The forces nessicary for some of these prize climbs to yeild to my seductions seem quite daunting at times.
First you need to be in good enough shape. Strong enough physically and mentally to climb that big route.
Second, the climb needs to be in proper nick for your mental and physical abilitys.
Third, you need to have the time off from work, the right partner available, the ability to travel to the climb on a day that the weather is within the safe parameters for that climb on a day when the climb is IN..
Fourth, You need to be at the base of your dream climb, with the right partner,the right weather, when your climb is in shape WITHOUT a party smack dab in front of you and still have the right head to follow through with the dream.
It seems that with two jobs and a worn out body meeting all these requirements is a daunting task..
I have looked at Ragnarock Countless times and it usually looked downright menacing from the road or accross the Notch up on Blind Fate. I had gone to Smuggs a few times with the thought of haveing a look at Ragnarock yet had never even hiked over to the base of the climb. To lead the entire climb a few weeks ago in lean conditions with my #1 most special partner ever was an incredible experience. http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Ogres-in-the-Notch-Ragnarock-Smugglers-Notch-VT/t11858n.html
I am totally satisfied with the season simply getting one of my dream climbs. All the other great climbs we did this winter are simply gravy
Next year I hope to get at least one of these dreams that are still on my list.. A few have shunned my advances in the past. None of these are likly to be fat and easy or even remotely safe in what is left of this season. Some I have yet to get brave enough to even walk to the base and have a look.......
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