Mountain Climbers practice

Mountain Climbers practice

Each year, around this time a special breed of rock climbers resides at the base of Hotlum Glacier – on Mt. Shasta’s north side. These Hotlum Mountains are heavily riddles and glaciated with yawning crevasses. Here the climbers are taught to deal with these hazards by inching their way up to Hotlum Glacier.

All of them practice dropping to ground with ice axes planted on the snow. They also focus on the self rescue proficiency by lowering them back and then pulling back up with short ropes curled many times across the main rope.
A climb to Denali summit in Alaska can take around 3 – 4 weeks, requiring some extra supplies of fuel and food which cannot be carried on one’s back.

The Whitney Glacier affords yet another kind of challenges they will face on other mountains – serac fields and huge ice blocks. It is reported that these blocks can topple people. Eric tells that the best way to deal with them is to mount them in early mornings before temperature rises and makes the ice base more unstable.

In 1998, three experienced mountain climbers tried to make it to 20,327-foot summit from Mount Shasta. The group still has a vivid memory of their experience. They say that this one of the best climbs they have ever done.