Given the multiple HAZ reports of, and my aversion to, bush whacking, heights/"exposures" and venomous reptiles like rattlesnakes and Gila monsters; this was definitely a hike for me to avoid. Hey, "that which does not kill us..." right??
There is an old fishing adage if translated into hiking parlance would sound something like, "a bad day of hiking is still better than a good day at work". Well... I must confess, there was more than one occasion on this day's hike that I REALLY wished I was at my desk at work
On multiple occasions I had reached the point in my mind that this was it, my climb was over. The heights and "exposure" had truly gotten the best of me. However, while I was less than thrilled with my choice of hikes for the day, I was very pleased with my choice of hiking companions. I journeyed this day with Tough Boots, whose patience never seemed to end. Each time I reached my psychological limit; he'd duck out of sight just far enough to give me the space I needed to make my own decision to keep going. (Although he did say a dozen times, I think we're almost there
) We did summit, sign in, snap a few photos and start down almost immediately.
Am I glad I went...I don't know. Will I ever do it again...I don't know. While it took reasonable physical skills, it really wasn't that demanding physically. Psychologically, if you struggle with heights as I do, it was extremely demanding, at least for me.
If I have a few photos where my hands weren't shaking, I'll post them