Have you ever noticed the difference between hiking up the trail at 6:00 in the morning, as compared with hiking down seven hours later? Rocks, tree barriers, bumps in the trail just seem to cause more problems, such as stubbing one's toe or taking a class 4 stumble.
Some claim tiredness causes the stumble. We refuse to believe this is true, for we're always in excellent shape -- at least decent shape; ok, we have shapes. Consequently, there just have to be other reasons and, by god, we've found reasons for all kinds of things that just seem to happen out there on the trail.
After more than twenty years of climbing peaks and having way too much time to talk to each other and reflect on why things happen in the high mountains, we've created some rather "serious" theories into our own Why Things Happen Out There and Related Thoughts.
Every theory presented here has been discussed with friends and our wives. Maybe that's why they no longer talk to us and we now, mostly, hike by ourselves. We have proven our theories with intutitive logic. We believe they could be proven with mathematical and scientific logic, and if we had time, we would.
Now, you ask, what are our qualifications?1. We've seen all the Colorado peaks over 14 thousand feet;
2. We've climbed most of them;
3. We've been wet;
4. We've set up camps in the dark;
5. We've been lost.
6. We've taken wrong routes;
7. We know what a topo map is and 50% of the time we have the right one with us;
8. We've taken as little as 2 hours to bag a big peak;
9. We've taken as long as 12 hours for a class 3 route which should have been done in 7 hours;
10. We've found class 4 routes on class 2 trails.
One final note ... Most of these discussions take place on the way down. I wonder why?