an online Instagram web viewer
  • davesummertimes
    David Summers
    @davesummertimes

Images by davesummertimes

dealing with my injuries and dreaming of snow.  This is from Vail Pass a month ago on the first snow of the season.  The winter has started in the PNW and im not sure if I'll be able to ski or not. Reassessing my life priorities.
dealing with my injuries and dreaming of snow. This is from Vail Pass a month ago on the first snow of the season. The winter has started in the PNW and im not sure if I'll be able to ski or not. Reassessing my life priorities.
On our way to the backcountry hut we pulled over in Frisco to 'leaf-peep'. A rolling stream,  a gentle trail,  and groves of golden aspens.  I could spend a lifetime walking through aspen groves.
On our way to the backcountry hut we pulled over in Frisco to 'leaf-peep'. A rolling stream, a gentle trail, and groves of golden aspens. I could spend a lifetime walking through aspen groves.
It was the best birthday of my life.  My favorite humans,  gathered together at 11,000ft, for the first snow of the season,  high in the Colorado Rockies.  I have a lot to be thankful for, like you guys.  Thank you.  Let's do this again.
It was the best birthday of my life. My favorite humans, gathered together at 11,000ft, for the first snow of the season, high in the Colorado Rockies. I have a lot to be thankful for, like you guys. Thank you. Let's do this again.
Chris and I met freshman year in college.  He was an avid climber and adventurer.  We spent 2 weeks in Utah climbing towers, cracks and endlessly  planning trips. I was only 18. I am still beaming with stoke that we got to climb the Diamond on Longs Peak a couple of weeks ago at age 30.  Chris is a badass.
Chris and I met freshman year in college. He was an avid climber and adventurer. We spent 2 weeks in Utah climbing towers, cracks and endlessly planning trips. I was only 18. I am still beaming with stoke that we got to climb the Diamond on Longs Peak a couple of weeks ago at age 30. Chris is a badass.
Perfect fall colors in Leavenworth last weekend. A distant fire burns its last puffs of smoke before the seasons officially changed.  Oh how pleasant this trail was, before i got knocked the fuck out.
Perfect fall colors in Leavenworth last weekend. A distant fire burns its last puffs of smoke before the seasons officially changed. Oh how pleasant this trail was, before i got knocked the fuck out.
On our friends wedding day,  Taylor was swamped with bridesmaid tasks and I was left to my own.  I had intended to do some big mountain bike trails I've done before in the valley. I started with the beloved sage hills trail in perfect conditions.  After that I sat in Oktoberfest traffic on my way to Freund Canyon.  I was cruising down Rosy Boa trail,  surrounded by fall colors and lots of fellow riders,  when i hit a jump,  apparently too fast or slightly off balance and the next thing i knew i was being escorted off the mountain to the ambulance. I hit myself pretty good and ended up spending the remainder of the day in the hospital in leavenworth instead of at the wedding. This was my first serious mtn bike accident and it sucked.
On our friends wedding day, Taylor was swamped with bridesmaid tasks and I was left to my own. I had intended to do some big mountain bike trails I've done before in the valley. I started with the beloved sage hills trail in perfect conditions. After that I sat in Oktoberfest traffic on my way to Freund Canyon. I was cruising down Rosy Boa trail, surrounded by fall colors and lots of fellow riders, when i hit a jump, apparently too fast or slightly off balance and the next thing i knew i was being escorted off the mountain to the ambulance. I hit myself pretty good and ended up spending the remainder of the day in the hospital in leavenworth instead of at the wedding. This was my first serious mtn bike accident and it sucked.
Found the perfect mountain bike trail in Wenatchee. Apricot Crisp above sage hills.  Cool temps,  fall leaves,  and exercise.
Found the perfect mountain bike trail in Wenatchee. Apricot Crisp above sage hills. Cool temps, fall leaves, and exercise.
First snowfall in Colorado landed on my birthday while staying on Vail Pass.  Couldn't have been more pleased with the gift.  One of my favorites. Powder.
First snowfall in Colorado landed on my birthday while staying on Vail Pass. Couldn't have been more pleased with the gift. One of my favorites. Powder.
On the flight out from Denver at sunrise, we saw The Diamond on Longs Peak.  I had been suspended on that vertical face a couple of days prior.  What a mountain. I will revisit you my friend.
On the flight out from Denver at sunrise, we saw The Diamond on Longs Peak. I had been suspended on that vertical face a couple of days prior. What a mountain. I will revisit you my friend.
Sun is shining, the weather is sweet.  Make you want to move, your dancing feet.  What an incredible trip to Colorado.  I love the Rockies.
Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Make you want to move, your dancing feet. What an incredible trip to Colorado. I love the Rockies.
Snow covered trees glowing from the fire inside the hut, frigid air and blue sparkling skies.  Magic. Winter.  Wonderland.
Snow covered trees glowing from the fire inside the hut, frigid air and blue sparkling skies. Magic. Winter. Wonderland.
First snowfall of the season. Crank the fireplace in the little red sauna in the woods.  11,250 ft hidden on Vail Pass is this magical getaway.  I love a deep sweat combined with winter.  Bliss.
First snowfall of the season. Crank the fireplace in the little red sauna in the woods. 11,250 ft hidden on Vail Pass is this magical getaway. I love a deep sweat combined with winter. Bliss.
Each year I travel to Colorado in the fall; to see family,  friends,  mountains and experience the changing seasons.  This year we nailed it so hard.  The Aspens were peaking, we celebrated my birthday in a backcountry ski hut and caught the first snowfall.  #feelingblessed
Each year I travel to Colorado in the fall; to see family, friends, mountains and experience the changing seasons. This year we nailed it so hard. The Aspens were peaking, we celebrated my birthday in a backcountry ski hut and caught the first snowfall. #feelingblessed 
Several hours of solid climbing at 14,000ft and we were forced to retreat due to delaminating ice falling from above and ice filled cracks in our next pitch. It was cold.  After 5 long rappels, we made it to the bottom just as it began to snow.  Ready to be back in Boulder,  we decided to run in the rain and snow back to the car.  A few hours later I was joined with good friends at the #mountainsunbrewery warm and alive.
Several hours of solid climbing at 14,000ft and we were forced to retreat due to delaminating ice falling from above and ice filled cracks in our next pitch. It was cold. After 5 long rappels, we made it to the bottom just as it began to snow. Ready to be back in Boulder, we decided to run in the rain and snow back to the car. A few hours later I was joined with good friends at the #mountainsunbrewery  warm and alive.
View from 1000' up on the Diamond.  After 4 pitches of being barraged by icefall we finally hit a pitch where the holds and crack were actually filled with ice.  Temperatures had dropped significantly,  fingers were numb, time to bail.
View from 1000' up on the Diamond. After 4 pitches of being barraged by icefall we finally hit a pitch where the holds and crack were actually filled with ice. Temperatures had dropped significantly, fingers were numb, time to bail.
There was a pending storm.  Chris takes the lead and the second rope up the 5.9 finger crack and squeeze chimney.  Then a whoomf! sound from above.  1000' above us a refrigerator sized ice chunk comes flying straight down on us. It hits a ledge just above Chris and explodes into a billion sparkling ice shards.  I get a baseball sized piece of shrapnel straight to the helmet. Dent.  For the next couple of hours  we are screaming ICE! as we dodge ice fall.
There was a pending storm. Chris takes the lead and the second rope up the 5.9 finger crack and squeeze chimney. Then a whoomf! sound from above. 1000' above us a refrigerator sized ice chunk comes flying straight down on us. It hits a ledge just above Chris and explodes into a billion sparkling ice shards. I get a baseball sized piece of shrapnel straight to the helmet. Dent. For the next couple of hours we are screaming ICE! as we dodge ice fall.
Chasm Lake,  glacial fed, resting underneath the magnificent granite Monolith The Diamond. We began climbing at dawn,  simuling the north chimney up to Broadway Ledge. That's where the fun began.
Chasm Lake, glacial fed, resting underneath the magnificent granite Monolith The Diamond. We began climbing at dawn, simuling the north chimney up to Broadway Ledge. That's where the fun began.
Sweat, snow, cold dry air. All the things I'm familiar with.  Plan is to climb The Casual Route on the diamond.  We make good time.  At the base by sunrise.  Weather is perfect.  Only 7 pitches of alpine granite.  Except it is at 14,000 ft. Heart is beating way to fast.
Sweat, snow, cold dry air. All the things I'm familiar with. Plan is to climb The Casual Route on the diamond. We make good time. At the base by sunrise. Weather is perfect. Only 7 pitches of alpine granite. Except it is at 14,000 ft. Heart is beating way to fast.