I had the good fortune to climb Merriam Peak via the North Buttress yesterday with Mike.
We listened to rockfall on surrounding peaks for most of the day as we climbed. I couldn’t help but imagine my body smashed by a multi ton boulder and rag dolled onto granite blocks below. The thought of ropes severed and anchors ripped out of rock replayed as rocks cascaded down and smashed on more rocks below. As @tylerjohncoleman is fond of saying, “Geologic time includes now.”
It is a brilliant and terrifying experience witnessing a singular event in a process that takes millions of years.
The climbing was good. The rock was quality Sierra granite with only small sections of loose blocks or breakable surface patina. We moved well and enjoyed most of the toil. We were the second party to sign the summit register this year.
1) Merriam Peak: The North Buttress aglow in early morning light.
2) View from the tent.
3) Mike enjoying the view from the summit.
4) Merriam Peak seen on descent from the Merriam Royce Col. Our route is the near vertical line.
Great #guidesdayoff with @lotus_alpine, climbing some beautiful granite above the Glacier du Géant. The weather may not have been perfect, but the route and partner made up for it. Bonus points if you can spot the rope team on the glacier!
Shenanigans with friends! @davetucholke is down climbing the tree while @sarah.b.jamin is shooshing across the river. Gonzo the wonder dog is checking out the river and secretly wondering if a plunge is next. -
Another birthday spent in North Carolina at our yearly family reunion. To be quite honest, there isn't another place I would rather be. I look forward to the gathering and all the festivities every year. Theres no better way to relax than to float the lake in a canoe with my younger cousins and catch sunfish. Talk about low-pressure fishing!! I don't know why, but this particular year I got a huge kick out of fishing for these guys. It may have been the enthusiasm of my cousins, or possibly the change of scenery. Not sure, but it was just fun fishing. #fishing#summer#canoe
I had a wonderful day on the Red Wall in Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday. Here is @sarah.b.jamin following the very dramatic crux traverse with the Diamond looming behind. If this wall weren’t eclipsed by the Diamond it would get twice as much traffic 😉
Former shop manager Mitch Melichar has gone back to his roots, and is on the guide list once again!
He celebrated “guides day off” with none other than Matthew Campanella, ski bum and seasoned Cutthroat guide.
Looks like they got ahold of some CLASSIC Rainbow Trout while they where out on the river.
I had another wonderful weekend guiding with @aspenalpineguides and @coloradomountainschool in the Elk Range looming above Aspen!
Between pounding rain, a significant fire and a serious 4WD road there were many challenges. We persevered towards the summit of Castle Peak yet the greater goal wasn’t to stand on top but rather to extract learning and meaning from individuals experiences⛰👤🦋 #
What learning have you taken from the mountains?!?
This guide’s day off was spent sweating out toxins built up from back to back overnight trips, 4th of July bbq’s, and late night basement pong. One of my fav rides. Mill crk - Peaked - .38 special. Amazing views. Fueled by #breakfastatbutter#lovewhereilive#guidesdayoff