Rule110 wrote:The boulder isn't the only problem...
To confirm what others have said, if they're following a ridge up a weathered mountain, the overall steepness to the summit may or may not increase greatly from what we've seen the last few scenes. But even if it doesn't increase, there's a chance of running into obstacles such as a shelf (flat on top, but fronted with, say, a sheer 10 cue cliff). They're not following a mapped route or a trail, so the chance of finding a route without some trial and error should, realistically, be small.
Usually things would be rougher if they stayed at river bank level instead of ascending a ridge. The overall slope would be less early on and greater as they got closer (horizontally) to the summit, with gorges headed with sheer walls and waterfalls along the way.
Even if the slopes just continue as they are, the hike can become very fatiguing. Even a small mountain (say, a climb of 500 cues) would require traversing about 150 or so backgrounds like the last few backgrounds we've seen. We can assume Megan and Cueball are in good shape but how much uphill walking could they have done, given what they've said about where they've been and what they know? I don't expect them to give up just because of that (without some greater obstacle presenting itself) but I do expect a comment to the effect of, "walking uphill is more tiring than I thought."
Yeah, if you aren't young, fit or used to climbing, it can get tiring pretty quickly. I often found there were a few phases I'd go through:
1) Oh this is easy
2) Ooh it's a bit further than I thought. Legs are aching a bit.
3) OOOOOH my bleeding legs. I GIVE UP! Can we go back now?
4) Hmmm, can't really feel my legs now, but hey they seem to be working just fine. Guess I'll just go with it.
5) Starting to pant a bit
6) Yay, got to the top! Why do my legs hurt more when I'm sitting down???
7) Okay getting dark, probably ought to get back to camp, but I don't think my legs will work.
8) Oww Oww Oww Oww Oww
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