Perhaps what I need is just to go for a very long walk...
On that note, I have just sent out my application for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational. At least I know, another "real" adventure is less than a year away!
As many people did along the trail to Glacier Point, a couple women cross-country skiing asked about the sled and what we were doing. After explaining the ITI and our training as best I could, one of them asked the inevitable question.
Woman: "Why are you doing it?"
Me: "It's hard to explain. Why do people climb mountains?"
Woman (with a little chuckle): "Oh, you mean 'because it's there'?"
Me: "No, not really. I mean, the mountain will still be there whether anyone climbs it or not. You climb it to see if you can."
|Obligatory "all-geared-up" shot to start the day|
|The first 9 miles are along the Glacier Point road which is a groomed XC-ski and snowshoe path in winter|
|Amazing views abound|
|Things didn't look good during the final approach to the dome|
|It was completely sopped in|
|Then it started to break...|
|Beat -- all smiles|
|It was relatively cold dipping into the teens as the day drew to a close|
|Morning brought a whole new scene|
|Looking across to Half Dome|
|Yosemite Falls just starting to thaw as the sun hits it|
|El Capitan and the central valley in the far distance|
|Heading off the dome|
|and into the woods.|
|See you in Alaska! (mountain man beard in full effect)|
|View outside Refugio Elisabetta (photo Harry W)|
|Heading down from Col de la Seigne (photo Harry)|
|Heading back up from La Ville des Gaciers (photo Harry)|
|Heading up, I am actually quite warm (photo Harry)|
|Things getting ugly (photo Harry)|
|Top of the descent (photo Harry)|
|Croissants and wine...breakfast of champions! (photo Harry)|
|Done, done, done, done, done....|
|Refugio Champillon in the daylight (photo from refugio website)|