|Bugaboo, Snowpatch and Pigeon Spire from atop the South Howser Tower.|
I climb trad, but have never claimed to be an alpinist. This will be my first alpine climbing trip and I have to admit I am a little nervous. Not about the climbing, but everything else- the glaciers, ridge traverses, descents, grueling approaches, and cold overnight bivys. I want to be ready- for myself, and my partner.
Besides my reservations about alpine climbing, the trip also marks an important anniversary for me. On August 1st, 2010 I had a climbing accident and spiral fractured both of my ankles. Within 24 hours, I underwent surgery and had 13 screws placed in my ankles. I spent nine hazy days in the hospital and then I sat in a wheelchair with plastic boots on my legs for over three months while they healed. During that time, I wondered if I would ever climb again. More importantly, I wondered if I would want to climb again.
Anyways, I can't wait to see the Canadian wilderness, and get committed to some huge, classic rock climbs. Hopefully my ankles hold up. Even if they don't, I will be in a beautiful place, doing what I love, and feeling grateful that I can still partake in such an amazing sport.