hansolo35 wrote:Funny how subjective this thread is. To my surprise, snow mass keeps in getting mentions here. Snowmass for me was one of my most enjoyable climbs, with no expectant fear going into it or actual fear whilst in the peak. Climbing g the 'snowmass' was sweeeet! As for me, starlight peak in the Sierra is the ONE!
Snowmass was also really fun for me - it was my first real Class 3 climb, first real climb in snow with crampons, first time I ever had to throw my ice axe into a rock slot connected to two six-foot slings in order to pull myself up to the ridge to get past the bergshrunding top (I think that's the only time I ever will, too.) I love the hike to the lake, the logjam, everything was fun about it.
That weekend I was up there in 2010, I was honoring one of our 14ers.com climbers who died earlier that year on Little Bear (Kevin Hayne); soon after two brothers were injured in rockfall on Snowmass (I believe they were brothers.) In 2011 Sean Wylam died in rockfall, and of course Rob Jansen died last year over on the connecting ridge to Hagerman after summiting the mountain. I was shaken by all three, Rob's especially. Looking at pictures I'd taken from the ridge I gained, with the nasty slabs of rock perilously balanced and wedged together, it's so easy to see that area being very unstable and quite dangerous. However, at the time I was up there, I felt nothing but joy at the accomplishment. It's weird, I would rank it as one of my favorites, also one I have extreme respect for - and one I don't look forward to repeating - strictly because of the emotional toll it's taken on me and my friends.