4 days before my May 2012 birthday I skied up to Illumination Saddle at about 9800' on Mt. Hood to push my winter survival skills sleeping out in 45 mph wind gusts. It pushed me alright. It pushed my tent poles in half, it pushed my soul to be humble, and it pushed my ass right back down to the safety of my truck and a flask of bourbon to warm up. Could I have fixed my broken tent pole, sustained the humility, and hunkered down? Absolutely, but the truck was 3800' away, and well, sometimes it's okay to wimp out, hehe….