shades of fall. one thing I've always loved about living up north is the seasons, the four segments that break apart a given year. all of them signal a new beginning for me, this year as much as ever. watching the colours change and the mercury drop has me excited for what's next, excited to move forward and begin again. people often talk about their favourite, I like to focus on the beauty within each, the unique smells, the way the environment copes, the memories from seasons past, the imprints. fall was always about school, or my favourite sports, my brothers birthday and giving thanks, raking leaves and wearing costumes. about campfires and cold swims, the scent of a cold morning and first snows high on the mountains. of shorter days and longer nights, of good conversation and warm drinks, of heavier coats and a thicker beard.
Diamond dust peppers the wilderness bedroom of the wold's largest concentration of elk, as a horse-drawn sleigh surveys these 700-pound ungulates preparing for their next round of testosterone-fueled antler wrestling.
Got in one last big hike(climb) before the summer season ends.
Started our hike at 1:00am and finished the hike at 2pm.
Got to see the beautiful sunset at (The Keyhole) and minutes later the dark clouds started hovering over the beautiful view of the mountains with great promise of rain.
Started our hike at faster pace but extremely cautious as this trail is extremely narrow ledges. By the time we crossed The Narrow, the storm started rolling faster than anticipated. My heart was crying but I was determined to summit in spite of all obstacle ( I know you think it's stupid but my heart was determined)
We were greeted by The Homestretch (awesome and the most dangerous of the climb). It's about 1/4 mile vertical climb up the side of cliff face to the summit. We were sweating bullets. Fortunately, for us the homestretch was not icy and 20 minutes later we reached the summit. We couldn't see anything up there ( I was sad) but I feel the greatest accomplishment of the trip (14,259). Usually we take a break after summiting to enjoy the view but since the summit was clouded in, we snap pictures and made our way down.
You think going up was harder think again ( not on Longs Peak) This time, Homestretch( by far the most dangerous 1/4 climb) and Narrow was slippery. We went down as slowly as we can. We made it!
This climb is extremely interesting and potentially fatal.
Please be careful, as it is extremely dangerous!
Without a doubt the hardest climb I've done so far. The difficulty and exposure is what makes it so much fun.
To the next 14er please 🙏🙌🏼🏔 #fourteener#14er#14ersofcolorado#rmnp
Yesterday we drove from Denver into the Rockies. As we drove over the mountains it started to snow! Only yesterday morning I was saying I didn't think that we would see any snow on this trip and there it was!
We arrived to a snowy mountain paradise and have woken up this morning to beautiful beaming sunshine. Colorado, your weather! We spent the evening in the hot tub under the snowy sky and today we're going to explore this incredible place.
What are you guys up to this lovely Sunday?
Last Thursday, @pawleyt and I hiked up Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the Rockies and 2nd highest in the continental US. It was a 10 mile round trip with 9,000 feet of elevation change. As always, the view is made sweeter by the fact that you've gotta earn it! .