Years earlier, Fitz had met a couple who backpacked and climbed through the Sierra for two months. Their description of stunning granite, cerulean alpine lakes, and sunshine for days provided fodder to tantalize our climbing-addled brains. When the long days of summer shortened, we mused about taking our own journey through the Sierra, but this and that prevented us from committing to it. Yet, we knew that if didn't make the time, schedule projects and work differently, the trip would continue to exist only in the ethereal.
The film will appear at climbing.com late next week, and you can read Fitz's story about their six-week High Sierra adventure (with Mikey Schaefer photos) in the May issue of Climbing.