yesterday morning, my brother, his friend peter and i got up at 3am to hike a 14er--mt elbert. its the tallest mountain in Colorado, and definitely the tallest i have ever climbed before. i was nervous to several reasons. 1. i just arrived from forty hours of traveling only a few days before this, making jet lag a very easy excuse for anything strenuous 2. gaining 4,000 feet in five miles is intimidating in general 3. you can blame altitude for almost anything physical out here. 4. i was just really out of shape. lets just be honest.
we drove two hours into the Colorado mountains and got to the base, which was about 10,000 feet, right when the sun was rising. and can i also just say that it was 20 degrees that morning...normal for Coloradans but not so normal for some one who has been living in uganda. just sayin.
there is seriously nothing like being at the top of a mountain. yes, your oxygen level decreases significantly, but who cares! it was one of the most beautiful views i have ever seen. we ate and socialized with some of the other people up there. the justin bieber dance was also a hit at 14,000 feet. ( kivu folks, the video is coming soon)
it was a long, hard and strenuous day, but it was also one of the most amazing ones. the views were spectacular and now i am sold on living in Colorado. who wouldn't want to climb mountains all of the time right? yeah, silly question.
14er number one conquered, now fifty-two more to go!