After working our way a bit higher up the mountain, the trail became less defined. This was the first time any of us had been on this route, and so our limited knowledge of the trail came from various summitposts and hiking blogs, and so we approximated what the course to the top would be. One would think that it would be easy to make your way to the top of a mountain that was right in front of you. Alas, one would be wrong. And so went our climb. There were some vague directions on the easier way to the top, take your first left, then right, then stay right, then stay left...We followed what cairns we could see but ended up taking "The Robinson Variation" of the trail. Robinson Variation sounds like it should be some lifesaving procedure, or a wrestling hold, or maybe even a dance move, not a trail route. In this case, however, the Robinson Variation was simply an unmarked scramble up a scree face, in which no one's lives needed to be saved, no grappling moves took place, and there certainly was no dancing.
|A Gift Found On The Trail|
As we continued climbing up the scree portion of The Robertson Variation, something very important came up. We'd heard this word "Scree" many times in different conversations with other climbers/trail runners, seen the word "scree" on some climbing reports, and even used the word "scree" to describe some of our own trails (http://orangetrailmonkeys.blogspot.com/2012/08/quest-for-kings-2012.html). Anyway, Steve had actually looked up the word "scree" in the dictionary, and essentially we've guessed right and have been using the word correctly. Scree means: an accumulation of loose stones or rocky debris lying on a slope or at the base of a hill or cliff, aka Talus. And scree looks much like the photos of scree from the Quest For King's 2012 blog post that I've listed here. (See more photos of scree here.)
|A Huff Sighting...Feeding on Berries in the Scree|
|Here comes the Sam|
|Tres Hombres, with some climbing still to do.|
|White Men Can Jump|
|The trail, there and back again. And we will be back again in order to get fully there.|