It’s always an honor to be part of the In Ice Axe We Trust podcast, and yesterday’s session on the San Juans was no exception.
We covered a lot of topics, looking at our first experiences there (mine was at Uncompahgre Peak), finding some solitude, fretting over the unprepared, and a whole lot of other things from this amazing, remote mountain range in southwestern Colorado.
A couple of things we learned and discussed:
1. If you’re serious about the high country, you need to get in shape. A half-marathon training program will do the trick.
2. Before you head out, do your homework. Resources on routes are out there, as is real-time beta on route conditions. Don’t get caught on a steep snow pitch without crampons, an axe and a helmet. Chances are, you can find out if you need them by doing a simple online search.
3. When you’re on the mountain and when in doubt, ask yourself, “What would Ed Viesturs do?” If you don’t know who he is, he is the first American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks. Read his first book, “No Shortcuts to the Top,” and learn from a master.
If you want to listen to the podcast, or go through some really great archived podcasts on peaks like Shasta, Rainier and many more, go to the In Ice Axe We Trust website here.