The only time when you need to accept failure is when you see it as such. On a snowy May morning, I attempted the snow-covered summit of Mount Lindsey at 14,042’, and couldn’t summit as intended. I had an experienced team with me, the weather was perfect, we were properly equipped, and all of us had the strong desire to succeed. After slowly making our way across the ice-covered ridge, we stopped at the crux. Snow covered and slick, we weren’t able to plan our path up, and, more importantly, down. What stopped us? Our gut saying “not this time kids.” Even though we were so eager to bag that first 14er of 2017 —- we were so close to the top-— there’s a time to acknowledge there will always be another chance, that the summit will always be there.
My advice, climb with a team compiled of people who listen to each other and don’t be afraid to say “not today” for summiting or otherwise. This was my first time turning back on a 14er, and I wouldn’t count it as a failure in the least bit.
All photos are the author’s.