Blake Herrington recently returned from a climbing trip to what he calls “one of the wildest mountain landscapes on the continent” in the Waddington Range in Canada. Having grown up in a 100-person town in the Cascades, he is no stranger to entertaining himself in remote places. On his recent trip, he and his climbing partners found a few ways to keep themselves busy when they weren’t climbing. Herrington shares his advice below.
I’m usually too cheap to lay down the big bucks on Starbucks Frappucinos and other frilly coffee drinks. They sure taste good, but I hate spending $4 for a few minutes of culinary luxury. But while spending a few weeks camped amid collapsing glaciers and granite in British Columbia’s Waddington Range, my partners and I had plenty of time to perfect the means of living in luxury as we refined our concept of the ideal alpine rest day.
We had flown into the range via helicopter, landing on a small ledgy outcropping surrounded on all sides by massive glaciers. From our island of stability, we managed to ascend 4 peaks, and establish a couple new routes on some of the steeper rock faces in the range. Between the single-push ascents and other less-successful attempts, we lazed around our camp and truly perfected the good life of alpine living. Here are a few of our most vital realizations: