Al claims the first failure on Glacier Peak's South Ridge by a Pembroke Welsh corgi without supplemental oxygen. We could have done it easily had we been willing to walk the glacier unroped -- as many do -- but Al doesn't do glaciers unroped. As he points out, "Nobody falls into a crevasse that they can see." So 9200' is his high point. Al is inspired by Sirowan's Goro, who has climbed Fuji, over 12,000':
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It always helps to be good lookin' (so I've heard, anyway). And it never hurts to smile:
Foam Basin, prime sheep (over-)grazing land early in the last century:
Approaching on what's left of the White Chuck Glacier:
Sunset from camp. Had to pitch the tent to keep out the starlight.
Find the corgi in this picture (our camp is off-screen to the upper right):
We went up that ridge in the center but quit halfway up. We could've done it, but it didn't look like much fun for Al:
View east. Gwynnie has climbed Fortress. Al has climbed Buck and slept on Maude:
Camp 2, with our failed objective in the background. This is on an old sheep-herding trail. Perhaps Al senses kindred spirits long passed:
From Portal Peak at Red Pass, we looked back on our journey:
Portal peak summit, an afterthought:
Why do we not want to go home?