This is a long-form essay about a mountain ascent I did in the Sierra Nevada a few years ago.
Arriving at the bank of Lost Lake above Little Yosemite Valley, I drop the 60-pound haul bag that I lugged up the steep Mist Trail and sit on a well-positioned boulder. The recent rain wasn’t enough to freshen up the stagnant lake and I am happy that I filled my water jugs in the Merced River. I look across the lake at the impressive, 2,200-foot South Face of Half Dome.
I am using the Salewa Pro Vertical as my ice climbing and technical winter mountaineering boot. I need to put in more miles before I can come to a definitive opinion about the boot. But with the winter upon us, I decided to post some preliminary findings based on a few ice climbing forays into the Sierra.
Marking climbing gear is a challenge. Tape eventually peels off or gets destroyed. Nail polish, spray paint, and sharpie ink eventually wears off. The solution is a metal engraver.