Well, with a title like this, how can you resist? If I'm reading this correctly, these guys were attempting a winter ascent of Lone Pine Peak's Northeast Ridge—a Big Route, by any standard. The interesting thing is that nowadays with forums and digital cameras, you get to read first person accounts not just when people successfully summit, but also when things go awry and SAR is called. Also don't miss this: a bonus Trip Report addendum posted by the climber's girlfriend.
March 24, 2009