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What time should we meet?

By Dougald MacDonald

So…what time do you want to meet tomorrow?

I don’t know, what do you think?

We should probably get going fairly early. It’s a long walk, and the climb will probably take us six or seven hours. And they’re saying there’s a chance of afternoon storms.


I mean, I hate getting up so early…

Yeah, you’re not kidding.

So, what are you thinking?

I dunno. What time does it get light?

Around 5, I think.

Because, you know, you just end up wasting a lot of time hiking in the dark.

Did you hear about those guys who got benighted up there?

Yeah, but they were really slow. We should be fine. Anyway, I’ll bring the tag line in case we need to rap off.


In case it storms….

JC pre3lindy

Jonny Copp before the "Triple Lindy" in Rocky Mountain National Park (July 2003). Photo by Kelly Cordes.

If we think it’s going to storm, we should leave even earlier!

It’s not going to storm.

Are we going to meet at your place or at the trailhead? Because if we meet at the trailhead, that’ll save us probably half an hour.

That’s a great idea! Another half an hour in the rack. ¡Muy bien, amigo!

I was thinking another half an hour on the trail.

I knew you’d say that! So, what, are you saying we should leave even earlier?

Earlier than 5?

Earlier than whatever you said.

I didn’t say anything.


You know, it’s crazy how we go through this dance every time we’re going to climb a big route. I mean, it’s not like we haven’t done this a million times. We know what we need to do.

Yeah, it’s stupid, huh?

So…what time do you want to meet?

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