Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Well I'm back from Colorado now and I can't really say much just that I wish I was still there. Somehow in the mountains I feel inspired to run forever. I completed my goal of summiting Longs Peak although it was nowhere near the time I had hoped for. In the end it took me 5hrs and 33 mins to make the round trip. I didn't expect to have the scenery blow me away as much as it did. I also didn't expect the mountain to be so crowded on a Wednesday morning. Nevertheless it was what it was. A great adventure and a long overdue one at that. Not much can be said about the journey that the pictures can't say for themselves. It was pretty cut and dry. I started at the bottom. I made it to the top and I came back down. There were no real snags to my plan and everything went as smooth as to be expected. The altitude never really did bother me that much aside from the typical slowing of pace. I saw all kinds of wildlife. Including a small herd of around 11 Colorado Big Horn Sheep. Which was super cool because that was the one thing that I wanted to see the most while I was out there. The weather was perfect for the climb mid 50's to low 60's throughout the day and at the summit there was barely a breeze. If you ever have the chance to be out in the Rocky Mountain National Park I would highly suggest puting this climb on your list. Truly a classic. Its inspired me so much so that I have already started planning the next epic climb, Blanca Peak in southern Colorado. 14,345 ft. I believe with over 6000 ft of vertical ascent in only 4.5 miles. Here are some pictures of the Longs Peak expierience I had to break it up over three different blogs. I'm having trouble posting pictures to my blog. Soory for the confusion but I hope you all enjoy the pics.
"A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It's all a matter of pride."