On the summit

Here is your golden opportunity to rest, relax, and enjoy—and to learn more about the area and about map reading by comparing the actual view with the way it looks on the map.

On the summit is the place to lay final plans for the descent, a journey often responsible for many more routefinding errors than the ascent. Repeat the trailhead get-together by discussing the route and emergency strategies with everyone. Stress the importance of keeping the party together on the descent, when some climbers will always want to race ahead while others lag behind.

Continue reading here: During the descent

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