Sigurd Peak - an adventure for 5th-7th level characters
Many years ago, and still 1st level, three novice adventurers attempted this peak. A late start found the hapless party struggling to interpret their new strange GPS devices. There were no trail markers and the trail was lost. Hands grasped at mocking shrubbery and the shifting earth caused frequent loss of footing. The new technology was of no assistance. The adventurers simply didn't have the intelligence or experience to use the tools. The poor souls became discouraged and turned back from the difficult quest.
Later, with some experience (likely 3rd level now), two of the three returned with hard earned strength and endurance. The steep trail was assaulted with effortless efficiency. But then, an unanticipated obstacle. Snow. Steep slopes. Sigurd had outmaneuvered the ill-equipped explorers. Lacking the necessary tools, the party turned back a second time.
Sep 26, 2015
Many adventures later, the two survivors returned to Sigurd's Peak. Somewhat slower, but certainly older and wiser. Early warning signs tried to scare off the intrepid adventurers, but they scoffed at these feeble attempts to dissuade them.
As they left their trusty steed at the trailhead, the ominous clouds opened up and delivered a steady downpour of cold rain.
Signs had been placed to lure the inexperienced into a false sense of security.
Terrifying life forms were witnessed on the approach, but the slow, steady pace brought the pair through the terrible forest.
The forest section completed, Sigurd lowered the temperature, and the mild rain turned to driving snow and wind.
Only when the two stalwart travellers hid behind a rock wall to avoid the wind did the sun come out. A hint of a reward was provided to those who turned back now.
"No!" they cried out, "we will not turn back!"
And with their newfound fortitude, the clouds broke and sun shone forth.
One does not conquer a mountain. One only gives thanks. Thus, prostrated worship was given at the summit cairn.
In return, views of the nearby environs were provided.
Returning, the party of two was even offered a fleeting glimpse of the rarely discussed summit ridge approach to Sigurd Peak.
Descending from the peak was a reminder of the steepness of the trail. Roots and mud conspired to catch the unwary, but accidents were avoided.
Only when the Weeping Wall was seen did the hiking travellers feel safe again.
Experience has taught us that mapping is helpful in case of a return journey.
- 14.5km return (from trailhead - this is not including the Ashlu A200 spur if vehicle can't make it)
- 1,950m cumulative elevation gain
Perhaps it was naive to think that Sigurd's Curse had been broken. A foot injury (possibly metatarsalgia) has subsequently sidelined Guntis for a few weeks.