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Monday, July 29, 2019

R. E. S. P. E. C. T.

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lightning Pass

Lightning is such a random thing, as unpredictable as life itself. It's one of few things that does not play by the "rules," and harbors no respect for the brave or fool or both.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Blood, Sweat and Tears of Joy: A Dazzling Interplay Of Light and Shadow, Clouds and Color,

With due respect for a forecast that called for afternoon thunderstorms, and considering our "Jello" plan for a lengthy hike above timberline traversing the Dragon's Back's long, exposed ridge line—we were half asleep at the wheel well before old Sol shed light on Lovely Ouray.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Self Flagellation: Leon Tackles Silverton's Revered Alpine Mountain Marathon

"If we go all in for something and...fail, we...question our self worth. But "failure" is a pathway, not a problem...a pathway to self growth."  Megan Janssen, Editor of Trail Runner Magazine.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Mama Grouse and Chick On The Trail

It's been a cooler-than-normal summer around here, likely due to the "Icebox-Effect" from all the leftover winter snow that still blankets our San Juan Mountains. That cool air settles into Lovely Ouray every night and makes good sleeping weather...the kind where you still need a blanket by midnight or so.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Know When To Fold 'Em

"The most appealing thing about you is that nobody has ever experienced the order of things exactly the way you have... You can't tone down for any audience-real or perceived. That's poison. That diminishes your calling. We simply aren't capable of creating great things with the objective of being appreciated by everyone who witnesses."  "Creative Creatures,"   by Julliet

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Transforming Burning Desires Into Deeds

In a passing, yet poetic reference to mountain tops, climber J├╝rgen Wellenkamp said,  "...a much more beautiful land where burning desires were translated into deeds." From The White Spider, Heinrich Harrer's classic accounts of first ascents on the Eigers North Face.