hirty years ago, my parents hiked easily over the lower Taboo
Glacier on their approach to Mount Torment’s SE Face.
Their photos show that they did not even use crampons as they
crossed what appears to be a gentle and crevasse-free snowfield.
It was just an easy and forgettable approach to a more memorable
climb. For Jason Schilling and me, making the same approach last
August, the glacier was anything but forgettable. As we tiptoed
across a hollow bridge of ice blocks, we were haunted by the
thought that the Taboo Glacier had taken a climber’s life
just nine days earlier.