A Weekend Hike
at 7,000+ ft.
My wife and I went for a scramble up a small mountain today. This one is not
too bad at about 7,600 ft. We got side tracked off the main trail and ended
up on a small ledge (3 ft. wide) with about a 1000 ft. drop to the right.
The wind was getting so bad that I was afraid we were going to get blown off
the side so we turned back about 300 ft. (vertical) from the summit. This
was one hair-raising hike, the last 3rd of it we were on a scree slope that
if you went for a slide you would go right off a major drop. I've never
hiked this one before, and I kept thinking that this can't be the right
path. It was starting to get into serious terrain. On the way down I saw the
correct trail; much, much safer. The scenery as always blew me away. I wish
I could capture the grandeur for you guys because pictures really don't do
it. Here are a few from the hike
If you look in the center of this one you will see a frozen water fall;
it will melt any day now. When the ice breaks it makes a huge noise as it
crashes down a few thousand feet.
©2004 Daniel Roberts