1/19 - Almost #OntarioPeak
and a cautionary tale
and I set out to climb Ontario Peak in the snow. While I've climbed this mountain several times without snow, my two previous attempts in the snow were unsuccessful. Today we got within 1/4 of mile of the summit before conditions proved too unsafe to continue. A near catastrophic slip and fall knocked some sense into me and we decided to turn back. In the first image you can see me walking in relatively soft snow. However, at top of the image in the shaded snow, that powder turned to solid ice that my microspikes could not penetrate. After a harrowing slide down the mountain, I am lucky to have only lost my sunglasses and hat. I am insanely lucky to have not hit any trees or rocks. I am even more fortunate that I managed to stop before sliding off the eventual cliff further down. I am also very thankful that Jeremy was there to give me a much needed hug after my ordeal. The pic of the two of us together is after my situation. At the risk of worrying my family and friends, I'm sharing this story as a cautionary tale.
****DONT BE LIKE ME. NO EXPERIENCE IS WORTH LOSING YOUR LIFE FOR***
Suffice to say, I will never climb a mountain in the snow again.
On a lighter note, the #litterchallenge
was off to a good start and the fat snowman at the end of our hike made me even more thankful to be alive. ✌💙🗻