Peak(s):  Longs Peak  -  14,255 feet
Date Posted:  10/29/2012
Date Climbed:   10/14/2012
Author:  Winter8000m
 The Young and the "Reckless"  

Sometimes I wonder why I climb. It seems like such a selfish dangerous task sometimes. I could be going to college chasing a career or chasing girls. Instead I choose what some consider a selfish poor lifestyle where all I seem to care about is the next big climb. From a couple close friends dying in the mountains to close encounters of my own. Yet, I still keep doing it no matter what obstacles come in my way. Every once in a while though, you get a climb that really does remind you why you push yourself. Danger can be a matter of perspective sometimes.

It's days like these that remind me why I do what I do. Progress is what I currently live for. Without it, I am dull. With it, life simply can't get any better. Maybe I'm obsessed but it's been a strong obsession for the last 7 years. I just keep on going back no matter what struggles or fears I encounter.

Climbing is about the journey and growth. The journey you make in life with friends. In the end, it's not about what I did in this life, but about the lasting impact I made on others.

For me, this is what I live for. My best day I've ever had on a summit I seem to hold sacred, Longs Peak. It was more then just a climb for me. More of me trying to find my way through life doing what I love.

The Young and the "Reckless" TR

 Comments or Questions
I Man

10/30/2012 00:34
So well written - I can really relate to your feelings on climbing.

I look forward to continuing to learn from your example 8)


10/30/2012 00:41
top notch report man. Looks like one bad ass trek up Longs. Thanks for sharing!


10/30/2012 02:58
enjoyed reading your report and the pics were awesome.


wild man
10/30/2012 17:20
Really enjoyed the read and history behind the line! Hopefully you can show me a thing or 2 down in Ouray this year


Awesome ...
10/30/2012 19:42
Great writing and fantastic photos.


10/30/2012 20:58
I need to hang out with you guys


11/01/2012 01:42
Awesome trip report! Incredible photos, and wow, what a climb. Reading and seeing your passion for this sport is really an inspiration. You really are living the life...


Very inspiring indeed
11/03/2012 02:00
What a climb! Nice job.


11/05/2012 00:45
plain. disgusting

way to be, buddy. you're kicking ass and taking names!

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