Remember when I climbed this mountain?
There's a 22-year-old student somewhere up there tonight. It will be the fourth night in a row he hasn't contacted friends or family. The third night without adequate protection. The first night the rescue helicopters will be searching with infrared technology, in hopes that his body still gives off heat.
I was going to climb this mountain again today. Instead I just felt angsty, which I'm attributing to low electrolytes. But I tried to drive to the trailhead all the same. I found the road blocked off and had a long conversation with the officer standing guard.
In his opinion, this whole situation is looking bleak.