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Where to start?

Postby MountainMinstrel » Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:59 pm

I have a strong desire to do some peak bagging. In fact, the two trips I took this year I had planned to bag Alta peak from Pear lake (not really a peak bag I know) and Tuolumne Peak. The weather kept me from Atla, but my lack of experience kept me from Tuolumne. So, my question is, how do I develope these skills while staying safe?
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Re: Where to start?

Postby copeg » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:12 pm

Surprised no one has responded. I'm not extremely experienced, but have a few summits under my belt. Some of my advice...keep to safer and easier routes (class 1-2), research the route (The High Sierra by Secor is a good reference book for research), and go with people with experience. Many of the peaks I've summitted didn't require climbing experience per se, but definitely a knowledge of route finding, an ability to scramble x-country, and acclimation/training.
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Re: Where to start?

Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:55 pm

I sent a PM.
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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Re: Where to start?

Postby quentinc » Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:50 am

The WTC (wilderness training class?) trips that the Sierra Club's Sierra Peaks Section does would be a good way to go. You don't even have to be a Sierra Club member, unless they changed that recently -- you can find them in the big Sierra Club schedule or sign up for the SPS newsletter for a more complete listing.
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