Jason was the "last man standing" for an Extended Mountain Camp from Sierra Mountain Center - the other two clients had canceled for one reason or another. So we met one early Sunday morning, with a climate dilema. Thunderstorms had been hitting us with clockwork precision every afternoon, making a lot of the taller alpine climbs normally dispatched on a trip like this a little harder. So we pulled together a plan, and our after-action report to SMC looked like this:
Wednesday, 20090722. Moved camp to Palisade Lake, at the toe of the Palisade Glacier, and went over snow, ice, and glacier skills. It begins to rain at 7:30pm, and doesn't let up until 7:00am the next day.