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“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ― David McCullough Jr.
The mountains can also humble you. I find this out every time I go out and that was most evident this past weekend. A route that was mapped out by one individual because of the avalanche danger on a direct route. An adventure it was. Canyon walks, vertical scrambles on loose rocks covered in snow, constant route finding and always heading into the unknown. Then to realize the mountain you’ve climbed is just the first of 2, the one you’re on being the smallest, and the one we need to get over is another thigh burning vertical climb, but between you and that mountain is a slippery steep descent with a chasm at the bottom with a clear vertical drop on one side and a rock slide on the other, all covered in slippery snow. But the only way home is over that mountain or back where you came from. The latter not being an option. There is more, but I’ll save that for another day. This day also gave us a chance to hike with someone new @thecaptain_yeg . This woman is hardcore. When the going gets tough she keeps going. Always throwing out that voice of encouragement or concern, she will keep you laughing when you get to some real crazy 💩. If you ever get a chance to hike with this crazy soul, do it. You will not regret it.
*On another note, we lost another soul to the mountains this past Sunday. A mountain all of us had climbed just before Christmas. A young man out for adventure but ended in tragedy . My sincere condolences to the family. No one should ever have to bury their own child.
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