Jul 13, 2012

Sacred Mountain

I've always considered mountains sacred but today that was re-enforced on my climb to the summit of Mt. Audubon, a 13,223' summit in the Indian Peaks near my home In Boulder. I've climbed it countless times and was climbing it solo today in an attmept to get in condition for some 14'er climbs I'm doing in a few weeks.

A beautiful, cloudless day. Perfect for getting out of the 95 degree heat of town into the alpine glory above treeline. I love spending time on mountaintops and have been privy to some private, life changing moments in the lives of others. I've overheard marriage proposals and breakups.

Today when I reached the summit, there were two other parties at the top. I usually go up to the other parties, say "hello", offer to take their photos, ask where they are from, etc. Today I didn't do that. For some reason, I took the first rock "nest", had a brief snack and enjoyed looking at the surrounding summits, revelling in the fact that I had stood on most of them and remembering the good times on those climbs.

As I was watching the three people about 25 yards from me along the ridge, they went to the ridgeline. The woman in the group opened a bag and emptied ashes into the light wind. She then turned around and kneeled to the ground where she was comforted by the two men she was with. The scene brought tears to my eyes. I assumed that she was elderly, but when they passed me on the way down, I saw that they were probably in their 30's. A beautiful, solemn, sacred occasion. I felt blessed to have shared it.

Tags Mt. Audubon, Indian Peaks

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Sep 21, 2011

High Lonesome Trail-Sept-2011

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Sep 17, 2011

Snow in the Indian Peaks- Sept 2011

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Sep 15, 2011

Climbing Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre

In August of 2011, the "Gnarly Girls" ventured to Lake City to take on two more 14'ers. Read More

Apr 10, 2011

Paria Backpack

I just returned from an amazing backpack in the Paria Canyon of Utah-Arizona. Read More.

Mar 10, 2011

Visiting the Big Cats Today

Mary Price, Ann and I took advantage of this spring-like day to travel 40-something miles east of Boulder to the Wild Animal Sanctuary where animals are rescued from gas stations, movie lots, etc. and given  a home on the eastern plains of Colorado. They have almost 300 carnivores there, many lions, tigers, bears and wolves. They do really great work and it was interesting to watch the animals and learn their stories. I will return for future visits.

Mar 9, 2011

Trekking in the Blanca in Peru in 1989

I went back to Peru for the third time to trek in the Cordillera Blanca, just before it was closed due to terrorists. Read More.

Mar 8, 2011

Learning to use an ice axe on Rainier-1988

My first time using an ice axe, crampons, and crevass rescue on Mt. Rainier. Fun but difficult for an Atlanta girl. Read More.


Mar 5, 2011

Patagonia in 1988

I did the towers of Paine circuit before many people had discovered that route. Found it to be wild and remote. Read More.

Mar 4, 2011

Brooks Range Alaska-1991

Remembering a trip to Alaska in 1991 where I met my good friends in Boulder Dave and Elaine. Backpacking, kayaking, grizzly bears and even a wolverine. Read More.

Mar 2, 2011

Snowshoeing Glacier Knobs in RMNP

Great figure-8 snowshoe around West and East Glacier Knobs with Trail Trekkers from Estes Park in Rocky Mountain Park today. Deep snow, sliding down frozen waterfalls, ice skating, Read More.

Feb 16, 2011

Mountain Lion Kill

Yesterday good friends Genie and Gregg Burch called me up to their cabin near Ward to view a deer killed by a mountain lion that they discovered in the morning when they were snowshoeing a few hundred yards from their home. When we returned in the late afternoon, it had been significantly eaten since the morning. Gregg has a vivid description of their find in his blog.

Feb 13, 2011

Yellowstone Ski Adventure

Just returned from celebrating my 60th birthday backcountry skiing in Yellowstone with good friends. Read More

Jan 28, 2011

Memories of Dhaulagiri Trek-1994

I was one of the first parties of trekkers that traveled into the Dhaulagiri region of Nepal when it opened to trekkers. What a magnificent area. Read More.

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Jan 27, 2011

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"What? You meant to go to Ecuador?" How I ended up climbing Bolivian mountains by mistake. Read More

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Reviewing slides from a great trip to the Cordillera Hauyhuash in northern Peru, the site of Simpson's "Touching the Void"... Read More

Jan 22, 2011

It Takes a Village

An essay written after the Restorative Justice conference by five teenage boys and the mother who allowed the kids to take guns to a cabin for a weekend of unsupervised shooting in a mountain community. I hope they have learned to be more responsible leaders in the future. Read more.

Jan 20, 2011

Remembering Past Birthdays

Twenty-two years ago I left balmy Atlanta to help my friends in Alaska train their sled dogs for the Iditarod for my birthday. Read More.

Fifteen years ago I celebrated my birthday by attempting to climb Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere at 22,841'. Read More.

Fourteen years ago I spent my February birthday chasing mountain lions in the snows of Idaho. But for a good cause. Read more.