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Nice comments from our readers

Hi Clay-
Thanks for those fine words!
"All I wanted to say is Thank You for creating this website, and for taking the time to highlight and explain traditional mountaineering. I am a middle-aged dude who is gradually working his way from hiking to backpacking to winter camping and exploring to preparations to get into traditional mountaineering. It seems like every thing I see in response to my own queries about mountaineering usually start off with a photo of some adrenalin-junkie 19-year-old hanging by a tether and a single ice tool point from a 1000\'+ inverted ice wall in Patagonia or France or Nepal, with a competition number on their back and several thousand dollars worth of the latest clothing and technical equipment. I cannot relate to these people, and even if I were strong enough to climb an inverted wall of ice all day long, I couldn't afford the equipment necessary anyway. What I am interested in and capable of doing is discovering the beauty and exhilaration of climbing challenging, but do-able summits in my real world below 17000 feet here in the CONUS, mostly on my own two feet with the occasional help of an ice axe, crampons, some rope, and a few protection anchors now and then. This is a beautiful sport and again I thank you for creating this very helpful and informative web site."

Isn't it a fine, complex and exciting sport? I am glad you are following in the path of so many of us who ventured forth from hiking and backpacking, to scrambling and a little snow and rock climbing at the top. I got interested because some of my friends made me understand that there was more to this stuff than meets the eye - and it is within reach and can be learned while providing for a nice family too. Wow!

I have started getting a lot of letters like yours, so I guess that is the fun of it for me. Also, I get to poke fun at some of the pundits that want to sell us avalanche beacons and heavy, over designed stuff of all kinds. I plan to keep plugging away, keeping on target as best I can and not getting off on political crusades, etc.

You are the third guy (actually, one was a girl) in as many weeks that did not notice the Contact Us link at the bottom of the HomePage??

"Your links are fine, but I think you should have a "Contact Us" page on your site somewhere. I couldn't find it, other than this "suggest a link" thingy."

I guess one problem is I did not think to include it in the LinksBar at the top of every page. And now it is to late, as I would have to change every page in the web. Ooops. I goofed as there are ways to change that links line, all pages at one time. Oh well.

Let me know of any other subjects I could write about for you and others. And Climb On!
--Bob Speik





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South Sister, Middle Sister, North Sister (the sinister sister) and Broken Top in the Three Sisters Wilderness near Bend, Oregon USA
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