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Climbing with care


It was sad to read about those who lost their lives attempting to climb Capitol Peak in 2017 (“Death in the Alpine,” HCN, 5/14/18). But one comment Peter Doro made was not correct: “You don’t expect a giant rock to be loose. You expect that if you grab something as big as your body, it’s going to stay put.”

In climbing, one has to always expect what you grab is loose. One isn’t safe unless you realize every move you make could be your last. I hope every person that goes into the mountains takes that to heart. Mountains don’t care.

Steven Williams
Arvada, Colorado