I thought this new Jeep ad was awesome, plus the new Grand Cherokee looks incredible.
From the Archives: 1959 First Ascent of Mt. McKinley’s West Rib (via High Places: The Blog of the American Alpine Club Library)
This is a blog post I wrote over the last 2 weeks at the AAC library. Make sure you check out the pictures on Flickr, they look incredible for being 51 years old (to the day!).
This drummer is having his own party
About to go camping off the Arapahoe Pass Trail near the 4th of July mine. I hope to wake up tomorrow and check out the north ridge of Mt. Neva, the mountain on the right in the banner up top ^.
I should be back to Boulder around 2pm thursday.
Well, I’m back a bit early. Ended up sleeping in the Jeep, I was way too tired to hike anywhere last night. I did run around the trailhead for a little bit trying to take pictures of the stars. I had little success. Here’s one of the good shots:
Woke up around 0430 and was on the trail by 0500. The half hour before and after sunrise is always beautiful, and I managed to take some cool pictures before the sun was even up.
The idea was to head up to Mt. Neva and check out the conditions on the north ridge. I forgot the guidebook in the car, so a climb was out of the question, but I figured I should go check it out anyway. Walking towards Neva, I was facing a stiff wind from the west, a consistent 25 mph. As soon as I got above treeline (about 11,500 feet) the wind stopped. Weird, I thought, so I checked out the weather and put my watch into “storm mode.”
As I neared Lake Dorothy, which sits at the base of Neva, the wind picked up again, but was blowing the exact opposite direction. At this point, I’m thinking things are looking a bit sketchy. Sure enough, I turn around to find a storm blowing in fast.
The clouds were moving really quickly, so I put the tripod on my pack and started running towards treeline. Here’s Neva not 15 minutes after that first picture.
As I high-tailed it back to the treeline, I saw some marmots, a rock ptarmigan, and some cool bird I don’t know. Check out the rest of the pictures here.
Third time up to Neva, third time turned away. Next time…
This is an incredible video I found randomly. I want to learn to hold my breath this long.
Trevor came with Chris and I for an early morning climb at The Dome and took some awesome pictures. Just up Boulder Canyon, The Dome has a bunch of easy climbs and it was perfect for a few quick routes before Chris had class at 11.
I uploaded Trev’s pictures, so go check em out here