The Expedition's Crack Climbing Team assembled at last in a secreted basement compound far beneath Natoma High Camp. Groups A & C were joined here by Group B - "The Native Guides", and Group D - "The Lone Explorer". Don't let the jolly dispositions and doughy physiques fool you; these highly untrained professionals were invited to be part of the Expedition through their many years of negotiating the sometimes-rugged hills and always-deep gullies of the Blue Hills Highlands. Our Crack Climbing Team experienced several minutes of training for the ardous rigors of the Expedition and needed only a few more minutes to settle on the best approach to scaling Mount Os, via the East Face.
Oh, and they also decided to co-sponsor the General Bull's Revenge Supper to be held the night of Saturday, October 16th at the Homestead Restaurant in Alton. Be there or be square!
The above Google Earth topological map displays the Expedition's agreed-upon plan for the Approach. By driving County Road 657 south from Natoma High Camp approximately three miles, then turning left (west) onto West 290th Drive for .75 miles into the Eastern Face of Mount Os, they hoped to save countless needless hours of walking to the summit. It was a bold plan and one full of hot wind and little water.
Shown here are the Standard Alpine Climbing Boots inexperienced mountain climbers use when attacking the unknowable heights of Kansas summits. Nearly a third of the Expedition were shoed with this latest high-tech equipment. The rest had heels. And sandals. Sigh.
- Part II -
Our Crack Climbing Team
Adeline Eickhoff – Native Guide, Our Russellian Translator
All plans having been made and all potential hazards assessed, the Expedition ran one more run-through of all needed baggage and settled into three post-selected Expeditionary vehicles.