When one is in alpine territory, far out of earshot or of any cell phone signal, what is the most dangerous thing for him to be feeling? It’s not fear nor panic, despair nor hopelessness, not hunger, thirst, or wooziness, not over-confidence, obliviousness, or hastiness. It’s giddiness; that innocent sense of excitement that causes one to skip along a cliff’s edge, gaze up at trees and trip over their roots, curiously approach sharp-toothed animals, and wade in frigid waters. Stick a New England boy in the Rockies and giddiness will coarse through his veins, warming him as he frolics through snow at 11,000 feet above sea level.
Well, you can guess what I did today. Here are some details: I took a shuttle out to the Glacier Gorge trailhead and hiked up to Loch Vale, and then scrambled further upwards to Sky Pond, traveling ten miles by the end of the day. I’ll let the pictures at the end of the post speak for themselves.
Baz and Nani explored Estes Park today, hitting art galleries, museums, chocolate shops, and scenic highways. They went to the Stanley Twins Museum, and learned about the man who invented the airbrush, the steam car, and a plating technology for photography. He started the first bus system, built a casino hotel, was diagnosed with tuberculosis and a short life span at 56, and soon after moved to Colorado on a doctor’s recommendation. By the age of 91, he had become a big figure in the conservation movement. When I returned from my hike they offered me a delectable apple slice, dipped in caramel and ‘tiger butter,’ a peanut butter and chocolate swirl confection.
Zagy had an epic day at the Epic Climbing Gym, and though we weren’t anywhere near each other, our paths crossed slightly in the afternoon. Some guys had come in to the gym talking about a new climbing route they had just set up in the Rockies, the same exact route that shadowed part of my hiking trail. In fact, I was there when they were rappelling down from it, and managed to snap a few pictures. Many girls took an interest in Zagy at the climbing gym, but he turned them down for his road trip buddies, and his new wife. Bros, and the wife, before hoes.
We’re kicking off tomorrow morning with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and then ascending to Yellowstone. After that its Red Rocks, and we probably won’t have internet until we get to Los Angeles on the 14th/15th. So while there might not be any blogs for the next few days, I’ll have a juicy one for you from the city.