May 4, 2001
On the night before the climb, the wind gusted with
Needless to say, we did not get a lot of sleep.
The early morning was still blustery and very cold, but
the mountain was still climbable.
As usual, there were lots of head lamps to guide us up to
the top of the Palmer chair.
The speed of the climbers in the group varied considerably
and some reached the Palmer well ahead of others.
As we waited for our group to collect, some of the climbers
were getting very cold, and it became evident that one
person was going to have trouble keeping up with the rest.
In the interest of camaraderie, we decided to turn back.
Although we were disappointed, it was the best decision
for the group.
As a postscript, some of the climbers returned the following
weekend on their own and summited.
Deb Carver, leader.