Sometimes the weather makes a story. During my first ice climbing excursion of the season; persistent spindrift, sluffing, and wind produced quite an compelling experience on a very moderate route. Spindrift blew so violently into the snow-choked gully that breathing was challenging. While the ice was mediocre and the weather uncooperative, we savored the exquisite scenery and terrain indicative of Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, returning to the car without frostbite and only minor wind-burn. On the Fun Scale, I gave this day a "2" - which means "not fun now but fun later." This rating seems commonplace within the fun-scale rating of outdoor adventure. Maybe the ubiquitous "feeling alive" is most easily appreciated with hindsight when we're dry and warm.
Spindrift from Craig Muderlak on