Middle Palisade, Sierra Nevada
A climbing mishap on the North Palisade glacier thirty years ago contributed to this story. It turns out the crawling headfirst into a crevasse, even in pursuit of expensive sunglasses, is a bad idea. The actual adventure ended in laughs all around, but possible consequences have haunted me ever since. I’ve elaborated on them in Moroni.
I tussled with this story (from 3,000 words down to 900 and back again!) before I got it right, so that’s probably why it’s one of my favorites. Also, I got to write about the Palisades! I got the idea from a long ago climbing trip during which partner Wayne Thompson took a brief dive into one of the North Pal glacier’s crevices. Pick it up on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SciFanTM-Magazine-May-2017-Editorial-ebook/dp/B071R56XS4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1493212003&sr=8-6&keywords=scifan+magazine&linkCode=sl1&tag=blooandshad03-20&linkId=c0876a807379eaf2304f033db38540a7