Left Behind: The Palmer Mountain Incident

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” -Helen Keller

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” -Calvin Coolidge

“I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.” -Vincent van Gogh

“You know Josh Lewis, I have to say you have a way of alienating people who want to be your friend.” -Michael

Trip Details:
Destination: Palmer Mountain
Elevation Gain: About 4,500 Feet (I did a little extra by mistake)
Time: 10 Hours
Distance: 5.5 miles?
When: March 20, 2011

This was a bitter sweet experience, a mix of adventure, irresponsibility, beauty, disappointment, and a bad resolution. I wanted to say the trip was great, but that would not be accurate. Anyways…

The idea came about when looking at maps of what peak would be a good once. Palmer Mountain looked like a decent one considering avalanche danger was high, then I found Matt’s trip report which had me further convinced that this would be a good choice. So I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get an early alpine start which on the way to the mountain there were some lovely sky colors, sadly trees covered much of the view.