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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Lost in the Evolution Range
   Today Milo and I had a good time in the cirque above South Lake.  The plan was to sleep in and do a little season opener on one of the lower peaks above Treasure Lakes, but the dominant pryamid of the NE spur of Mt. Gilbert  attracted our attention at once, despite an obvious headwall near the summit.This obstacle turned out to be a bit more than we planned for, but we still did a whole lot more climbing than we meant to do.  Since we just ran out without much information on where  we were going, we just aimed for the coolest looking peak in the vacinity.  I could not believe it when I came home and looked it up, only to discover that the obvious pinnacle is simply an unnamed subpeak of Gilbert.  The route was excellent, with good exposure, and the bothersome headwall is probably only mid fifth class.  I will probably go back a little better prepared, and name the peak after myself...
stymied by the headwall
5:08 pm pdt

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Disclaimer   The opinions offered here are mine.  I believe that sucsess on the peaks depends on trusting yourself.  If you do not have a trusting relationship with your body and mind, or if you are not sure, or if you are unwilling to provide the commitment, then you should probably stick with sport climbing and such.  To the mountain ecosystem, you are only a rich supply of nutrients, so step carefully!

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