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So... I have been wondering what the thoughts were on "poaching" trenches. Seems to be a hot topic with some and I was just curious what people thought about the issue.
Do you plan winter outings around where a trench has been placed?
To me, it seems that people do utilize the placement of a trench. Hence the large wave of people that climbed Huron within just a few weeks (I am certainly guilty of this one). Or Little Bear, Blanca-Ellingwood. Etc.
I am in the category of who cares. Why does there have to be such a big pissing match? Whatever...
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You do owe a beer for a good trench though......
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Sometimes it depends on the mountain; sometimes it depends on the weather; sometimes it depends on the mood. There's no rhyme or reason. Like I said, I generally don't care but when someone is intentionally 'goldbricking', too inept or weak to do the 'dirty work' themselves, I'll cry foul and accuse em' that they didn't earn it...whatever that means.
Then there's the consideration...if someone is always relying on a previous exploits' trench, the question I ask myself, does said person even have the
experience and ability to navigate in winter when there's no path to follow?
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anna wrote:I guess when it comes down to it, I personally don’t enjoy taking advantage of someone else’s hard work, but don’t really care if someone uses my trench.
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I guess you can see where this is going, poaching trenches = better chance Chicago Transplant's peak streak lives through another winter
Of course the 14ers I am doing in winter tend to be popular enough that there is going to be a trench unless its right after a snowstorm, so I am not specifically planning around trenches per se, just planning for peaks I can do in a day that are high in elevation and offer me the best chance at success on my limited winter climbing schedule. I would hate to waste a peak day with a turn back when I could have been skiing
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I don't purposely seek out trenches and honestly I consider it a bit rewarding when someone follows mine, because it means I helped them out. I "opened the route," so to speak. Now if someone were to poach my trench then publicly brag about their time or something, I might have an issue...
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