A Life of Adventure
It’s long been a dream of mine to climb Long’s Peak. Since I was a small child, my family has visited Rocky Mountain National Park many times. Last September, I returned to RMNP for the first time in several years and was surprised by how much the winding trails through the Rockies felt like a second home to me. As a child, I was enamored with the beautiful mountains.
I didn’t start putting names to them until my recent visit. I hiked up Flattop Mountain with my mom. Flattop is one of the most accessible summit trails in RMNP. We weren’t able to reach the summit, we stopped just a few hundred feet short, because of harsh weather. But we did reach a lookout near the top that had the most beautiful view I have ever witnessed. It was from that lookout that I saw Long’s Peak as something acheivable for the first time. I thought, I should climb it one day.
It wasn’t until a few months later, when I saw Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen complete the first free climbing ascent of the Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park, that I became interested in rock climbing. I had discounted my rock climbing ability due to my long gangly fingers. I had even dislocated my left ring finger and snapped a few tendons that have left my finger permanently misshapen. Seeing Tommy Caldwell, who is missing two-thirds of one of his index fingers, achieve such a feat was inspiring.
Recently, I’ve been feeling the need to lead a more adventurous life. I’m into photography, but I am not quite satisfied with the meandering style of adventure that brings. I want to go out and DO things. I want to SEE things. I want to always have a purpose for what I’m doing. Tommy Caldwell worked on his Dawn Wall ascent for almost a decade. That’s almost a decade of tailoring all of his decisions with the purpose of accomplishing one thing.
So, this post is me setting a goal. To live a more adventurous life. And I want to do that by making it a life-long goal of mine to summit all of Colorado’s Fourteeners. Especially Long’s Peak.