Mount Constance Trip Report (#12517)
- Signed By: Kaia P. Turner
- Date submitted: June 26, 2000
I did the Lake Constance Route last June as my first ever hike -- carrying just a small daypack, I thought it was quite difficult. In retrospect, though, that was a piece of cake. This particular trip was my very first overnight hike and mountain climb. Our group arrived at the lake and set up camp Saturday afternoon with just enough time to rest, have a short session covering self-arrest and the way we would be belaying across the Terrible Traverse, and eat dinner and promtply go to bed. We got up at 03h00 on Sunday, and within 30 minutes we were headed for things many of us didn't even think to imagine. This was grueling, difficult, and scary! At some point during the afternoon, someone in our group rather cheerfully reminded us that "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." We summitted under a beautiful summer sun, and the 360-degree view from that small seat in the sky was breathtakingly incredible! Except for the last mile down from the lake (when I could no longer ignore the intense pain in my feet and the obvious lack of reserve strength in my legs), it was an amazing experience and worth every doubt or hesistation that crossed my mind along the way. We all walked out of there alive -- suffering from physical exhaustion and over-exertion, but stronger in both mind and body ... and looking forward to the next mountain.