MountainMedic wrote:Wisconsin is pretty much at sea level
Then how does water in Lake Michigan ever make it hundreds of miles to the ocean?
Average WI elevation is about what it is in KC and it didn't stop me. It's easy for a local to say "start with a Class 1" when they don't have to travel 1,000 miles to get to the trailhead, but I for one would rather aim for Longs and have to turn back then aim for [south] Bross and summit.
Beckygluc, everyone is different
. Their limitations aren't necessarily yours; yours aren't necessarily theirs.
If both of you enjoy the journey as much or more than the destination,
enjoy the time with family,
plan/train/gear-up for it,
go in ahead of time agreeing either can turn back and WHAT signs you'll be looking for to tell you to (e.g. clouds, HAPE/HACE symptoms, comfort-factor, ...),
understand and accept the risks,
then GO FOR IT!"You miss 100% of the shots you do not attempt,"
-- Wayne Gretsky*Proper planning & preparation prevents piss poor performance.No risk, no reward. Can't get to second base w/o taking your foot off first.
* I've seen various versions, but the point is the same.
P.S. For my last 14er, rode from 1,000' through the night, no sleep, to the trailhead (11am, *sigh*) and summited (6pm
). No regrets.