Monday, August 30, 2010


Dream Lofty Dreams
Mt. Meeker, Rocky Mountain National Park
Elevation: 13911 ft / 4240 m
Date: August 21, 2010
Distance: 11.4 miles
Vertical: 4511 feet, Class 3
Time: Long Day
Route: The Loft

Climbing a mountain is very hard work so we just sat at the bottom of it and ate our picnic. Others came along and actually started to climb it. They were tough and strong but we still thought they were foolish, but refrained from telling them so. They were loaded down with so much equipment they could barely walk on level ground— ropes, sleeping bags, tents, hammers, pitons, lamps, food supplies, ice axes, oxygen masks—whereas for a picnic you can get everything you need into a basket—wine, cheese, salami, bread, napkins. "Marie," I said, "Do you still love me?" "Chuck you, Farley," she said, "and your whole famn damily. You know I'll always love you. All's hotsie-dandy here, thank you very much."
James Tate
Last look at Mt. Meeker and The Loft route.

Misty dawn, lilac sky, All the earth must comply Amber light, coming sunshine, Time to sing praises to the Divine

O rising Sun, so fair and gay,What are you bringing me, I pray,Of sorrow or of joy to-day?

You have to stop at Chasm lake and witness something very beautiful.

Alpenglow on Longs Peak

Lake of Gold

“When the first light of sun, Bless you. When the long day is done, Bless you. In your smiles and your tears, Bless you. Through each day of your year

Loft is welcoming us with big smile.

There is lot of loose and unstable rocks along trail.

What the difference is between cast shadows and form shadows,
 and how best to paint these?

Best part still ahead of us.

Magical scenery.

Kimo negotiating first crack.

Above us....

Kimo is closing on last section before ledges.

Star is born....spotlight on Kimo

Sky Waterfall

Summit in sight.

A First glimpse of Longs Peak.

Kimo closing on summit, majestic Longs Peak in background.

Summit ridge, nice surprise.

Happy climber enjoying view.

Kimo on summit ridge.


Happy and fat habitant.


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