As a writer, this was a gift of pure gold. Nothing quite like pushing a character to the utter edges of her endurance–and then pushing her past that. Thanks to my two guides, I knew about the terrain and weather, how my character would be feeling at each point and the challenges to be faced over and over again. And believe me, she faced them all with a whacked out killer thrown in just for fun. I even (briefly in a moment of insanity) mulled trying to do the actual climb, though I didn’t know how to build the three weeks of altitude adjustment (by living in the area) into my real life. And I’m a wimp who prefers my adventures to happen in the fictional world (see blog title).