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Old 11-17-2015, 01:18 PM   #10
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It sounds like you're generally well prepared. For better or for worse, lot can change between now and next Saturday with regards to snow, so I'd hold off on making any decisions just yet.

Giant really never gets above treeline, although there are a couple of exposed sections along the ridge on the climb (the worst of these, the Nubble, has a bypass trail around it that can be utilized if needed).

And it's good to be mentally prepared to turn back if needed. I don't think I've ever met a 46er who was able to successfully climb all 46 peaks on the first try. Being forced to turn back is a part of the 46er experience, and it is important to look at it as an opportunity to build experience that will serve you well in the future, and not as a failure. When you look at it that way, your trip will be a positive experience to gain more cold weather backpacking skills, even if you don't make it to the summit.
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