My wife was out at a bridal shower today,
so I decided to log another peak in my summit log. This was a solo hike; I
find solo hikes allow you to clear your head and be at peace with your
surroundings. It was an overcast gloomy day, perfect for a climb, but not so
good for photography. Oh well, you take it as you can get it. Here are some
pictures and thoughts from my hike.
The parking lot has a few people in it, but I know that will clear once I
get a few kilometers off the beaten path. I can see the peak in the
distance, and it looks like a very demanding climb. My heart is willing,
even if my legs aren't.
The crowds are behind me and I'm all alone. The scenery starts to draw me
in. I can feel its call.
The climb has begun. Maybe 1500 ft of elevation gain so far. My legs
complain, my eyes soak in the beauty around me. My desire pushes me on.
GRIND GRIND GRIND. My legs and desire are in a battle for control. I
overrule and push on. The heights are calling to me.
5.5-6 KM in
The gradient is punishing. I can see the top now, I must push on. It calls
to me. Off to the east I can see the foothills drop over the horizon.
THE SUMMIT !!!
Finally I can rest my legs! I sit down to eat lunch and breath in the
elevation. It's like a drug addicting me to nature. I can feel my soul being
firmly routed in the bedrock that surrounds me. I know in my soul; this is
where man was meant to roam. Not be trapped by the city, like a caged
animal. I will never leave these mountains they are part of my being
........... I am addicted. I will not forget you my friend.
Some stats on Mount Forgetmenot.
Elevation : 2335m (7660ft)
Elevation gain from trail head : 762m (2500ft) .... almost all of it is in
the last 1.5 KM.
Length of trail : 14km (8.7 miles) about 3/4 of that is to get you to the
base. I think the book is wrong about the distances, that's why my KM above
won't add up.
©2004 Daniel Roberts
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