summers wrote:jaymz wrote:When I did the Tour d'Abyss, I met a girl on top of Evans who told me I couldn't count it or Bierstadt as a summit.
I think this is the thing that has bothered me most on this thread... someone who would actually belittle someone else's accomplishment. Insane doesn't even begin to describe that.
Last weekend I met a woman on South Arapaho who had struggled mightily to make the summit -- her first one ever. Was that the time for a discussion of how it wasn't really a summit (just a subpeak of N. Arapaho) or how it didn't meet some 3000' rule? Of course not -- the appropriate response was "Way to go! Congratulations on making it to the summit!"
If some flatlander drives to the top of Evans, and then makes it up the last quarter mile, and is really jazzed about the accomplishment, who am I to belittle him or her? It's a life-changing event for some people. Everyone starts somewhere. Just because I wouldn't count that as a summit doesn't mean I don't congratulate them on the accomplishment, and encourage them to see more of this beautiful world.
Great perspective. I took my parents up Devil's Head last summer. They're in their 50's, flatlanders, and not in the best shape. It took them two hours, but they were so proud of themselves, and no other experience they've had in Colorado compares to it! They still tell everyone back in Missouri about the time they went mountain climbing. Never in a million years would I take that away from them.