The middle section
Mon Oct 9, 2017 11:07am

borrows idea from another work called His Guardian Angel's Watch, originally written following the WTC attack, and dedicated to all first responders who risk their lives to help others. In this case, it is to honor the men and women of mountain search and rescue, whose tireless efforts save many lives. This has been a tragic year on the Fourteeners, with the seasonal death toll approaching thirty people. I saw that coming, from the sheer population of climbers to the cavalier attitude of people who go up unprepared, mindless of the weather.

Nine people were killed on Capitol Peak alone, when bad weather- lightning made them attempt descent off the knife ridge or before it. They faced 1500 to 1800 feet of broken, slabby cliff, and their falls didn't end until they reached the base. The fatal mistake was not paying attention to the weather. The knife ridge is possibly the worst place of any to be caught in an electrical storm.


Look at the fool standing up! No rope, no belay, and the drop on the other side is just as big and steep. We used to traverse this roped, and with a belay. Best way is not to scoot like the others, but to grab the edge with your hands and both feet below on the same side, gripping the rock with friction.

Before a mountain goes electrical, its rocks buzz. Sound is like bacon frying. You can hear this in the beginning and end of this episode, about lonely San Luis Peak. At the end you see some under-dressed, unprepared fools amused by it.

Pico Aisilado San Luis

I wrote this music to sound haunted and lonely, using the most haunting instruments in their loneliest registers. English horn, Oboe d'amore, viola d'more, and a flute choir of piccolo, soprano, alto and bass flutes. San Luis is in a lonely, isolated part of the great San Juan range, and because it is the only Fourteener in the group, and a long way away from others, it may be the least climbed. There is nothing attractive about it either. No great snow slopes to ski, scree and talus on every side, no technical except for a few small cliffs of rotten, diseased rock.

This mountain and its region may be the last home of the Colorado grizzly. A friend, Ed Wiseman, killed one in self defense there in 1979. He and others said they saw grizzly in the range before, but DOW dismissed those claims. Ed had to stab the bear with a broadhead arrow to save his life, and killed the bear. DOW tried their best to prosecute him for it too. Endangered species. They doubted his claim of stabbing the bear with an arrow.

  • Very cool... (nm)Sia☺giah, Mon Oct 9 12:31am
    • The middle section — Pikes, Mon Oct 9 11:07am
      • Yikes. It does sound like bacon frying! Sia☺giah, Mon Oct 9 4:52pm
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        • Lonely and surrealPikes, Mon Oct 9 6:33pm
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                • HowPikes, Fri Oct 13 10:51am
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