Summit Fever

Summit fever ... that pull toward a goal that sometimes causes mountaineers to make irrational and dangerous choices ... ignore cut-off times and impending weather for just a few more hours of work toward a summit. 

We have all felt it, especially when the stakes are high and returning to a peak is difficult or costly.  While I put myself in the category of mountaineers that has felt the desire to keep climbing even when agreed upon limits have been exceeded, I am more often accused of having "parking lot fever".

There was no risk of summit fever during yesterday's attempt on Silver Peak, my partner and I made the wise choice to turn around when the ridge in front of us looked too corniced to safely continue.  It was still a beautiful day spent with good company in a quiet place, and that makes me happy!