Longs Peak Hike Reminder

Almost 8 years ago?!  Really?!  The first time I visited my brother in Colorado I told him I wanted to do something fun and adventurous.  I wanted to sky dive, but he picked mountain climbing.  Little did I know how much I would end up loving his choice and still be doing it nearly 10 years later. 

My brother sent me a story today.  His friend took a guy up the same mountain that was my very first mountain climb.  Only they did it when there is lots of snow.  We went in the Fall.  I think we made the better choice.  Here’s the guy’s account of his trip if you want to read it.  http://footfeathers.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/raw-truth-of-nature/ His picture of the final ascent, a.k.a. Homestretch, says it all.  It’s like climbing up a ladder, but there no ladder, just a rock wall in front of your face with cracks in it to wedge your feet and hands in.  No rope either.

Reminiscing, here’s a list of my climbs and stories to match.  As you can tell by the dates, this is my Labor Day trip each year.  Kind of funny.. something about 8/31 and 9/2 must make us want to climb!  If you have some time, at least look at the pictures.  They are still breath taking to me each time I look at them.  If you have extra time, read the stories.  The first one is my account of our trip, the rest are from my brother’s perspective.  He’s a great story-teller so you kind of feel like you are there with us without the physical exhaustion part.

08/31/2001 – Longs Peak
09/02/2006 – La Plata
09/02/2008 – Yale
 
When there’s a website dedicated to the torrid history of deaths on this mountain, I think that suggests I will never climb this mountain again.  http://listsofjohn.com/Accidents/Longs.html

Round 1 – Purdue v Northern Iowa

A bunch of Alumni got together at Average Joe’s in Broadripple to watch the Boilermakers take on the Panthers.

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Purdue didn’t start pulling away until mid-way through the first half.  You can never have enough of a lead during the tournament.  None of us were comfortable leading by 12 at the half.  The second half was a mess.  The Panthers kept creeping closer until it was a 4 point game with less than a minute to go.  Of course, we were in bonus land on fouls, but we couldn’t hit a free throw throughout the game.  You can’t shoot 70% and expect to win close games.  Luckily, we did start hitting them and ended up winning with a 61-56 victory.  Not a big enough margin… We need to come out strong tomorrow against Washington.  We’ll all be back at Avergae Joe’s.  Join in the festivities but you must cheer for Purdue!