One source of drama has been why people go back to delete their post history. Well, because they don't want people to see something or some things they've posted, of course! That got me thinking: of my 700+ posts over three years, I wonder how many I regret? I didn't go through all of them, fairly content that I don't have anything to "take back" from the recent past. But what about 2009, with posts I scarcely remember?
Another (small and minor) rift has been the experienced crowd vs. those just getting started. The value of Quandary and Sherman summer TRs, etc. As peak lists grow we admittedly sometimes lose sight of one very evident, obvious truth: we all were newbies once. So let's take a trip down memory lane and remind ourselves that everyone starts somewhere...
These are posts that for one reason or another made me crack a smile or shake my head. Anyone else want to share?
SurfNTurf, the Routefinder (First-ever post Aug. 27, 2009)
SurfNTurf wrote:I nearly made the same mistake on Sneffels last Sunday. I began climbing toward the first notch I saw, maybe 1/3 of the way up the gully, and the route immediately became tougher. Definitely Class 3. Luckily before I'd made it too far up the wrong route I saw a pair of guys coming down from the summit from farther up the main gully. I course-corrected back to easier terrain and found the V-notch to be very apparent, as someone said earlier, near the top of the gully.
To avoid confusion I'd recommend staying in the center or to the right of the gully until you get more than halfway up, then start looking for the notch on the left. I'm glad I was able to find my way, because it was my first 14er summit!
It's worth noting that my undeveloped route-finding skills led to a non-summit, as I somehow couldn't find a way around the terrain past the V-notch. I thought I was on the top, but upon further at-home review discovered there was an easy path around the seemingly impassable rock gendarmes to the true summit. I'll return for you in September, my dear Sneffels...
After (actually) summiting Windom, Redcloud and Sunshine, I moved to Boston for nearly a year and stopped posting. We pick up the following summer...
SurfNTurf, the Brave (Aug. 14, 2010)
SurfNTurf wrote:Anyone else want to do this (the Sawtooth)? My normal hiking partners work during the week and/or aren't comfortable with scrambling. It would be my first Class 3, but I've done Class 2+ on both Windom and Sneffels, and I rock climb. I could also be talked into Kelso Ridge...
We'd only make Bierstadt that day, turning around because of storms before the Sawtooth. Brian Thomas and I did Kelso Ridge about a week later for our first of many man-dates. Two year anniversary coming up Brian! <3
SurfNTurf, the Overthinking Gear Whore (Oct. 22, 2010)
SurfNTurf wrote:I want to start snowshoeing and spring climbing this season. The prospect of all the gear I have to buy has literally kept me up at night. I'll need a shell (debating hard or soft), gaiters, ski goggles, a base layer, shell pants, insulating pants, gloves and an ice axe, at the absolute minimum. An Avy 1 class, too. I figure I can rent showshoes, and I think plastic boots/crampons can also be rented. For the time being. I've spent entire afternoons browsing gear websites and reading reviews. I've been known to ride my bike down to REI or drive to Bent Gate just to try something on, knowing I can't afford it.
Apparently I acquired a lot of that gear over the following months, because by January I was ready to tackle Quandary...
SurfNTurf, the Mountaineer (Jan. 6, 2011)
SurfNTurf wrote:I'd like to tag along for this. It would be my first winter ascent, but I believe I have all the necessary gear (will rent snowshoes, I guess), and I definitely have the necessary desire! I'd be coming from downtown Denver, would be down to carpool from here or meet at the Dino lot. Probably won't camp and drive up early that morning.
After conquering my first winter 14er, of course, I had arrived. The rest, as they say, is history. Hopefully this helps speed along everyone's "productive" Friday at work.