Winter Climb

Gary Fallesen

Winter Climb

Winter Climb

Self-arrest practicing ground. (Photo by Jill Jolley)

We had a small group for our Winter climb of 13,427-foot Grizzly Peak D in Summit County on Saturday, Feb. 28. There were four cancellations Friday night and two more Saturday morning. Then we got off to a late start from the US 6 trailhead because of terrible traffic that turned a 50-minute drive into a 2½-hour drive.

We hiked the ridge. Had a lot of fellowship, storytelling, prayer, and discussions. We made it to the ridge that ascends Grizzly proper and found that it was an amazing environment to practice self arresting! A vote was taken and the members were more interested in learning and practicing than they were in summiting the mountain. I demonstrated how to self arrest from several positions and everyone had a chance to practice 5-6 times on the slopes. We had lunch on the ridge, enjoying the views. I melted some snow for water. And then we headed back to the trailhead.

— Josh Carroll 
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