A few years back I was soloing Silver Star in the N Cascades. (The goat picture in my icon came from that same mountain - different time.) There is an ascent up a small glacier that ends at a col between two summits. I had been ascending into a ceiling of clouds. The instant I took my first step off the glacier, a low roll of thunder came from what seemed close by. I had been looking forward to taking a break, but immediately reversed course back down the glacier. It began hailing, quickly filling in my tracks. I could hear the loud tapping on my helmet. The lower I got, the easier I breathed.

 

Superusers do not speak on behalf of REI and may have received
one or more gifts or other benefits from the co-op.