I am very happy to introduce you to today's guest writer, Ian Timberlake. Ian is an adrenaline loving Eagle Scout Air Force veteran who is also an aerospace engineering student. As if he wasn't busy enough already, he is currently writing a science fiction novel about the possible outcome of humanity. Ian has a website named Insanity is Just a State of Mind that is a very interesting and thought-provoking read. In particular, I would recommend that you check out his post about 7 Life Changing Reasons To Get Outside. His progressive thinking, outdoor philosophy and adventures are absolutely awesome. Here is Ian's post:
Here I am, huffing, gasping for air... desperately trying to regain my composure as I crest up and over Boulder-Grand Pass right around 12,000 ft. I had just ascended thousands of feet in a matter of hours, on fifty degree terrain that consisted of loose rock and soggy foliage well above the tree-line. I was leading a team of friends on a week-long grand loop of Rocky Mountain National Park and our day was only half over once we made it to this mountain ridge.
We all had heavy packs on and could barely muster the strength to keep moving, wind proving to be a more difficult obstacle than anything. Each step took a separate breath in the oxygen deprived atmosphere as we slowly but surely saw the crest of this mountain ridge near.
Just as we could barely go any further, just as our minds were telling us to stop, just as our legs were wobbling and about to collapse, the sight of the horizon began rolling into view. Wind now gusting enormously at our backs as we were now standing on the crest, we could finally see what lay before us. The mountain we had all come to conquer, the tallest mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak, lay monstrously before us about 2 days out. And to think, it was 2,400 ft. higher than what we had just successfully climbed.
|Longs Peak is on the right with the notch. It stands at 14,259 ft. This is a view from the south side, which is the most infrequently climbed side but also the first climbed side.|
|This is the view looking back from Boulder-Grand Pass. The lake you seee in the far distance s Grand Lake, a small town that we used to resupply on food|
|This is another photo of us looking back from Boulder-Grand Pass|
|This is me looking down the other side of Boulder-Grand Pass, the drop off was immense, to say the least.|
|This is coming down from the Grand Lake and moving towards Boulder-Grand Pass. The low point of those joining mountains ahead can be seen three photos up at the point you see Grand Lake in the distance.|
|Descending Boulder-Grand Pass through several snow fields.|
|Getting ready to set up camp after a long day's hike from Grand Lake.|
|One of the many beautiful places in the area of Bear Lake.|