We decided to turn around on Crestone Peak, just as it started getting hairy. The rain and fog were serious. The rock was crumbly, slick, volcanic, moss covered cobble. To make matters even more interesting, the gully that you must climb was flowing with three separate cascades of fresh rain.
In this podcast, my adventure buddy, Ray Cameron and I retell our experience of turning around on our attempt to climb Crestone Peak. Crestone Peak is Colorado’s 7th’ highest mountain rising to 14,294 feet above sea level. Colorado’s has over fifty-eight summits above 14,000 feet and I’ve been on a quest to summit all 58 of them. Locals call these peaks “14’ers”.
We recorded this podcast while driving in a rainstorm heading to hike Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest 14’er. Choosing to live adventurously guarantees that you will eventually encounter difficult conditions, bad weather, personality conflicts or something in your gut that tells you to turn around and go home.
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Live to fight another day
The business of hiking and climbing mountains is serious. My college professor, Mr. Adventure-Dr. Buddy Gilchrest, used to preach, “Mountains Don’t Care”. I learned a long time ago that it is more important to,
Make it home on time, with ten fingers and ten toes.
When I was younger I pushed the threshold of risk. W.H. Murray, in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition, 1951 said, “Boldness has genius, magic and power”. Boldness has powered me to push beyond my perceived limits.
I’ve completed powered by boldness:
Climbed Crestone Needle-Ellingwood Arete’
Completed IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene
Climbed Kiener’s route on Longs Peak
Mountain Biked The Colorado Trail from Durango to Denver
Climbing the Middle Teton Glacier
I turned around and did not finish:
Climbing Crestone Peak -Completed August 2016
Climbing Kit Carson Peak
How can boldness power you to push hard?
When can wisdom help you live to fight another day?