10 Brief Reasons Why Approaches Suck

Photos: Dan Bateman
  1. Sweat.
  2. Walking.
  3. Hills.
  4. Precipitation.
  5. Racks, draws, ropes, water, and other heavy items in backpacks.
  6. Wet talus.
  7. Loose talus.
  8. Any talus.
  9. Bulky pads made more awkward with backpacks stuffed in them.
  10. I happened to sprain my ankle on an approach yesterday.

But I love climbing rocks, so a little walking, sweating, gear carrying, ankle rolling, and wet talus hopping are worth it. 

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