Thursday, September 1, 2011
High on the Mountaintop
Yesterday I hiked Long's Peak via the Keyhole route. I along with my brother-in-law Doug, and my now friend and Facebook friend Pie, started the hike around four in the morning and spent the next eleven and a half hours wandering through the wilderness. The route itself was a total of fourteen miles, with a 5,100 feet elevation change to top out at 14, 255 feet. I have hiked Half Dome in Yosemite that tops out around 8,800 feet, but nothing prepared me for the altitude. At times I staggered through the hike like a drunk man trying to play hopscotch if hopscotch consisted of giant boulders and the risk of being blown off a mountain. Nonetheless, it was either Alexander the Great or Captain Witwicky that said, "No sacrifice, no victory!" and I pressed on to the top. Summiting was awesome and I caught the fourteener bug.
Posted by Andrew Spencer McAdams