And if the Mountain Defeats Us – June 20

Today we headed out for the most feared and anticipate hike of the trip. Our goal was to summit White Stripe Mountain!

The mountain looked challenging from camp but the giant marble stripe which gave the mountain its name offered hope for more Karst and possible caves. The day began great as we flew up the face of the mountain but weather wore us as we reached our first ridge.

Clouds poured in from the Southwest and the sub-alpine was blanketed by a thick haze. As we proceeded forward our team became weary of our chances of summiting. Kevin pushed ahead but ultimately we called of the climb as rain poured down over the rock faces.

We were able to do a botany survey on the sub-alpine ridge. Soon after we headed down and retired to camp soggy and disappointed. The mountain won today but hopefully not again!