NOTES FROM THE ROAD by Uncle Russ
Why Do Some People Climb Mountains?
For many of us in Colorado, a state that boasts more than 50 peaks rising over 14,000 feet, summer is not complete without “bagging a fourteener.”
Some of those fourteeners — gentle Bierstadt, for instance, or the twin peaks of Grays and Torreys — require nothing more than stamina and a good pair of shoes to get to the top. They are formidable, to be sure, but they entail hikes, not climbs. My goal this year was a far more challenging destination: Longs Peak.
Why Do Some People Climb Mountains