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Maybe I should change my name?

Postby Shawn » Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:06 pm

Maybe I should change my name to "Summitless Shawn". It has a nice ring to it and it seems to reflect my two failed attempts at Banner Peak.

Anyway, here's my humble story.
http://www.theradioroom.org/EdizaLake/EdizaLake.htm

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Summitless-Shawn :D



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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:22 pm

Shawn, Great report! You'll get it next time. Some peaks are just harder than others. It took 3 tries for Dubois, 2 for Montgomery, and there's others. I used to try Snowburd's trips, then realized those guys hike 3 mph "uphill" (and I don't).

We did Banner from Ediza in Oct (snowed the day before), went past our turnaround time (we were so close), then got stuck (icy), hiked out on a moonless night/morning (22 hr hike for us). :retard:

You did great getting to where you did. It'll be there for you next time. :D
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Postby mountaineer » Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:44 pm

Shawn, that is a great report! You have a better attitude than I do about such things. I have had to turn around on one mountain and I am still mad about it to this day! It was about 4 years ago.

Banner is a great summit. It seemed to be a lot easier from the Catherine side though.

Better luck next time...you will have a long mountaineering career if you keep using your head and not your heart to make decisions in the mountains.
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Postby mountaineer » Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:48 pm

P.S. The difference between you and me is that I would never have attempted a day hike of Banner. I don't have that much confidence in my endurance.
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Re: Maybe I should change my name?

Postby ERIC » Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:42 pm

Shawn wrote:Maybe I should change my name to "Summitless Shawn".


You're preaching to the choir of ERIC, Shawn! LOL!!! Maybe I should be called "High Sierra Topix Slave - Eric". Or, maybe "Works 12hrs/Day, & Deletes HST Spam At Night - Eric"? Hey, most of you on here have at least been fortunate enough this season to exploit opportunities to GET UP TO OUR MOUNTAINS a few times!! My grand total for the season........ONE day-hike. Yippie!!!! :lostit

I’m pathetic… :crybaby: Your gripe is nothing!! :lol:
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Postby Rosabella » Sat Sep 23, 2006 5:28 am

Thanks for the report, Shawn! Nice pictures, too :) (I especially like the Shadow Lake picture, that lake is so photogenic).

I've done very little off-trail climbing like this (lack of confidence off-trail? :\ ) , maybe that will be my next challenge. Anyway, Shawn, a 19.5 day hike with that kind of climb is not too shabby! :thumbsup:
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Postby Rosabella » Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:03 am

P.S. ERIC - I hope you know how much your work on the H.S.T. is appreciated - this is a GREAT forum!!!! \:D/
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Postby Shawn » Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:16 pm

Okay, guess I'll wait a while before changing my name. :)

I appreciate the nice comments and encouragement.

SnowNymph - I checked out your Banner pics with you and SnowDude a few weeks ago. They gave me a good sense of what to expect. Except for the loose rubble pile up high, the glacier was nicely softened by the time I got to it.

Mountaineer - Your words put my trip into perspective. It is frustrating to get so far and only turn back because of a mindset rather than fatigue or other reasons.

Eric - Your comments made me laugh out loud! :D :D :D
We need to get a pinch hitter for you so you can get out more! As others have said better, you run a great website and it's obvious more people are making this "home" by virtue of the great people here.

Rosabella - Thanks for the nice thoughts. Shadow Lake was an unexpected pleasure. I just checked out your pics, "beautiful!".

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Postby wingding » Sat Sep 23, 2006 7:19 pm

Shawn:

That's a pretty tough dayhike you did - I'm impressed. If you decide to try Banner again next year and want company, let me know. I'm going to do try it as a 3-day trip sometime next July or August.

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Postby Shawn » Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:12 pm

Hi Kathy,

I'd really like to take you up on that kind offer for company. July or August sounds good.

Shawn
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Postby copeg » Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:04 pm

Shawn, great TR and photos! Don't think you should change your name just yet...the journey looked like it was worth it all.
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Postby Ranboze » Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:36 am

That's a great travelogue Shawn. Ive been reading the October issue of Backpacker and the entire issue is dedicated to survival. The #1 killer in the backcountry nationwide is unroped falls. Most accidents happen when hikers are scrambling up or descending semi-technical peaks, crossing class III passes or getting far out onto overlooks for better views and pictures. And, most victims of backcountry deaths are experienced hikers, vs unexperienced hikers being the most common victim in frontcountry fatalities. So, having said all that, there is plenty of merit in your decision. Especially since it was getting late in the day and you were probably tired, even if you didnt feel it your muscles likely didn't have as much strength as the beginning of the day.

It's also good for everyone to read and learn that experienced hikers DO make that decision to "turn around" instead of "go for it", I think it's good role modeling. Far too often we want "that peak" so bad that we make bad and sometimes fatal judgments. I think these are important stories for us to tell, along with the successful peak bag stories.

I most always error on the "turn around" side, call me a "weenie". Im part "weenie" and in part lack confidence on class III stuff, but Im workin' on the latter, which will decrease the former! Still, I always give myself extra time and usually end the day with plenty of time left, at which time I usually do a 5 minute beat myself up that I shoulda gone further or climbed higher. I get over it and just enjoy the trip as it was.

BTW - the October issue of Backpacker is really a great issue with lots of good information. It'll stay in my library.
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