Mountains. The potential complexity of logistics, yet the simplicity in spirit. Force meets calm. Where physical challenge meets the sharpness of mental endurance. Onwards, and upwards.
I set out to return to the mountain that defeated my friends & I in 2015, just before I moved out of Colorado. The difference was night and day, both in terms of the mountain conditions and the person attempting another summit. The snow was gone, as was my anger, rage, and ferocity. I held onto hard feelings about the mountain, but I realized it wasn't the mountain I was fighting, it was myself.
I knew things had to be different. For better or for worse, I wasn't the same person who set foot to summit again. In my head, I asked Elbert for permission to be there. I felt the pulse of the mountain and felt it breathe just like me. I felt its might, though it remained tamed and gentle. Unlike last time, I truly felt Elbert was on my side, and I was graced to have felt its strength.
I think there's something special about doing something solo. You really get to know yourself and get a fuller, more immersive experience when you do something alone. I needed that experience, and I'm very grateful I got just that. To the top of Colorado I went-14,440 ft. It's challenging being in the mountains, but the mountains are life giving. First ascent of Mount Elbert, first ascent of Mount Elbert of the day, and first full ascent of a Colorado 14er. 08/05/17, 05:14.
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Happenings: Living a high school dream by seeing @reelbigfish LIVE!!!, Oktoberfest, preying zoo, pony ride, work puppy time (oh yeah and fall I guess 🙄)
Inspired by: all of the above
Days without Shopping: 27
💕 I'm sure I'm not alone in that as a photog, if I want to be a part of the pics, I most often need to do a stop drop and selfie! ...or ask someone to take my pic and frankly, sometimes that makes me just feel downright awkward! It's a photographer's prob for sure, but I have actually grown to love the selfie! I get the right angle and lighting and expression every time lol! Thought I'd share a "behind the scenes" of a session 😂. Anyway, enough random silliness and off to bed I go! 💕 Big workout tomorrow PLUS a real session (no selfies allowed) that I'm super pumped for!! Goodnight fam!
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2 days spent scrambling up steep rock fields to get this pup off a cliff and home to her family. Chloe spent 6 weeks stranded on a rock around 14,000ft and lost over 60 pounds. It's been a long, but rewarding couple of days. So happy Chloe can sleep in peace tonight 🐶💗