Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Nice view of the Front Range from Lumpy Ridge near Gem Lake on a chilly April day. Rocky Mountain National Park. April 1996.


Anonymous dave drake said...

Whoa! How high is that elevation you were on? And how long did it take to hike it? That looks like a precarious trip!

5:23 PM  
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6:04 PM  
Blogger molson said...

OK. Maybe it wasn't such a nice view of the Front range which was obscured in clouds. The hike to that point was only about two miles and is easy. My friend and I decided to try a little rock scrambling and descended from the ridge to that point. The exposure was real. A few feet to the right was thin air so that was as far as we could go. I snapped that shot hoping for a dramatic looking scene which I think was achieved. I forgot about that photo until digging through my archives recently. Getting to that point nearly did cost my friend a very nasty fall, but he managed to extricate himself from a tight spot and all was well. We were and still are no talent hacks on the rocks and do easily get over our heads. The elevation at that point is around 10,000 feet. Even though I have been back to that area many times, I have never returned to visit that exact spot and probably never will. It exists for me now as only a memory and a photo. I'm glad you liked it.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous dave drake said...

How do you know where the spots are that the air is thin? What do you feel physically that lets you know you are approaching it?

5:11 PM  

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