Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hallet Peak Part Deux

We leave on Wednesday for Rocky Mountain National Park with the goal of climbing the Culp-Bossier on Hallet Peak at the forefront of our minds.  It is unfinished business as we made a previous attempt back in 2006 only to hear thunder and heed the call of the many bail slings scattered just below the huge grassy ledge.  The fact that a storm never materialized would have been demoralizing if not for the fact that we still had an amazing day in a gorgeous alpine setting.

Napping at the base of the Culp-Bossier - July 2006

Now, six years later, we are heading back.  It was just Aaron and I on the first attmept, but this time Krazy Karl will be along for the journey.  The three of us have a long history of climbing and adventuring together, and I couldn't be more excited to add another chapter to our book.  And while we may be a little slower and less efficient as a team of three, there are some definite advantages to adding a third partner.  More than inclement weather, lack of physical ability or absence of  intestinal and mental fortitude, it has been suspect motivation that has killed our attempts on big objectives.  When there are only two of us, it only takes one dissenting voice to start eating away at the other's poise, courage and motivation.  However, in the past when the three of us have all been present, the dissenting voice has always seemed quieter, and less influential to the group as a whole.  Not only that, but the confidence that is being displayed by the other group members will often rub off on the dissenter making that voice even quieter to both them and the group.  It is this compounding of factors can turn a group of individuals into a team that communicates, moves, and acts as a single entity.  And when these ingredients come together, you have a team that has the ability to far surpass what any of the individual members could hope to accomplish on their own.

Culp-Bossier on Hallet Peak - 5.8 III

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