Just one more stupid idea

For the third time this year we pointed the car west and headed to the Colorado Rockies.  This time the goal was to leave home and summit the most technical 14,000 peak in Colorado as quickly as possible.  While we knew this was probably going to be difficult I think all three of us underestimated a little.  Wanting to travel light and fast we left all the tents and extra food at the vehicle and decided to rough it and sleep in the open.  This is the kind of poor decisions that get made when three type A personalities travel together.   I blame Dwayne because I have to blame somebody 🙂  After leaving the vehicle our first blow was handed out. We started hiking under the assumption that the hike to base camp would be fairly quick.  Nine miles and 4,000 ft of elevation gain later we  dropped our packs below the North Face of little bear.  A couple hours of sleep were had and we drug ourselves out of our bags.  The clouds cleared and the moon was high revealing the peak of Little Bear and I have to say I was a little intimidated.  From the base to pretty much the peak it was mostly hand and foot work.  This mountain makes you “climb” it.  Loose scree and steep faces are found throughout.   After hitting the summit three hours after starting up the mountain we made the decision to come down the north face instead of backtrack.  This was the second stupid decision we made.  This descent put us at some pretty severe exposure throughout and more than once the difference between finding out what terminal velocity feels like and hanging against the mountain was a single hand hold.  Luckily all three of us were armed with zero hours of rock climbing experience 🙂  I am typing this post though so I’m sure you can figure out the rest of the trip.  Dwayne says he is never going anywhere with me and Scott again and my legs hurt.  Once again I am reminded that without stupid ideas life just wouldn’t be the same.  I thank god everyday that I am not equipped with reason and I’m lucky enough to have brothers and friends to share incredible experiences with.

Below are just a few of the images we captured on the trip.  Hauling a 5D with a battery grip and a brick of a lens was worth it!

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

 

Matt W.

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