haha thanks ramblinrev...my father has told me the very same thing! by "sort of on the trail" i mean that we woudl follow the trails all the way to the top, then they sort of end and the last 100 feet or so is just big boulders that you can climb to get to the ridge, then go back down onto the trail! SOMEDAY, i'll do all off-trail, but this is not someday! thanks for all the concert and suggestions guys!

but i'm still looking for something to purchase?