You know what’s pretty cool? Maybe about an hour and half after Matt took this I got sick. We were 600ft from the summit. I could literally see the sun warming it up and yet I couldn’t make it. But instead of making me feel bad about missing the summit in perfect weather, or trying to push me to achieve the goal we set out for, Matt wasn’t even phased. He was genuinely just stoked to be on a mountain with me. We started under a bright full moon, saw a beautiful sunrise, laughed a lot, enjoyed being silent while listening to sounds around us, saw some wildlife, and had SO MUCH FUN. And that’s all that really matters. Any time spent together is special time that we both love to soak in. Get yo self a partner who supports you every which way and loves the crap outta you no matter what. Thanks for being my best friend @bigmountainlife 😘 #enderstribe
A late day rain shower meets the last light of sunset near Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak
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The short lived warmth of late summer in the alpine has become one of my most cherished objects since moving to Colorado. The two month window of August and September bring an opportunity for comfortable exploration of the high country - a time when the monsoonal thunderstorms have subsided and the first nips of winter have yet to bite. The mountains become ideal for human travel. Navigating high and far is done with relative comfort and low risk. This is my time to binge on the seasonal drug, to get my hits in before the harsh realities of winter set in and a more sober reality takes hold of day to day operations. So for the next short while expect a lot more pictures of mountaintop vistas, dusty campsites, and forest trails ✌🏼⛰🏕
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I've got a new video on the channel that has absolutely nothing to do with this photo.
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Wind that takes your breath away, blue tingly lips where you’re unsure if it’s due to how cold it is at 14,000 feet or whether it’s due to how hard you push at altitude, wanting to stop but turning that part of your brain off, laughing out of disbelief, building new unbreakable bonds between humans, summiting, and a million reasons more for why I love this so much. #longspeak#14ersummit
8/15/2019~Summit climb of Longs Peak, Colorado. 14,259’ ______________________________________________________________ ~ If there’s one thing that these high mountains have taught me that’s to never become complacent with where you are in life. There will be many times of uncomfortable situations and suffer, times when fear will stand in your way and times when your both physically and mentally pushed to your limit but in order to discover what one is truly capable of you must continue to push on.
“The Mountains are calling and I must go” -John Muir
More specifically "Longs Peak is calling and I must summit." Longs Peak is the most prominent peak in the Front Range. It's the highest point in Rocky Mountain National Park. It's the mountain on the back of Colorado's stare quarter. It's also known as the "14er with the highest failure rate" and "Colorado's most dangerous peak." On average 2 people die every year trying to summit Longs. But many people say it's still the most coveted peak in all of Colorado.
Longs Peak definitely caught my attention early on and it's been a pretty constant goal of mine all summer. My goal is to summit before it gets really snowy again (aka within the next month). Every chance I get I take in the view of Longs - it just never gets old! I've been able to study it from many angles and everytime it takes my breath away. I know no view will ever come close to actually summiting. And I am determined to summit. I respect this mountain probably more than any other peak as I know it's not going to be an easy feat. I'm willing to fail and try and try again. One of the greatest lessons I've learned through hiking/climbing this summer is that you must respect the wilderness. Things change quickly and you have to be willing to turn back. Yes, it sucks. But I've come to learn that the mountain will always be there tomorrow but if you aren't smart you may not be. ⛰️
Anyone up to bag this incredible peak with me? ❤️😊
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The Diamond. I've been dreaming about climbing it ever since I moved to Colorado. Yesterday @ca.rolyn6454 and I made it happen via the Casual Route. This was the toughest and most rewarding day I've had climbing #longspeak
To say that the view never gets old misses the point. Every time I walk into the gorge, no matter the route or time of year, it strikes me as being unspeakably beautiful. Even in the middle of the night.
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Happy Birthday to this guy! 🎂
I love you so much and I am so grateful to have you in my life as my biggest support, my #1 fan, my partner in crime, my adventure buddy, and the love of my life! ❤
It's happening. I bought the flights, secured the camp sites, and spent a small fortune on hiking boots.
I'm going to Colorado to climb Longs Peak and spread my Dad's ashes.
Longs is a 14,259 foot mountain. Every year thousands try to reach the summit about 50% make it. My father and I tried to do it twice once when I was...11?... and again when I was...13?.. It was always our dream to get to the top. It taunted us for years and when he died in 2012 I promised myself I'd go up one more time and leave him there.
Just scoping out other peaks I want to climb! 🤣
I loved being on this side of Longs because it gave me a great opportunity to see a side of RMNP I hadn’t seen.
What else was cool was seeing the lakes that I’ve hiked to!!
Summiting Longs Peak as a team.. an incredible bonding experience.
Standing at 14,259 feet, the tallest mountain in #rockymountainnationalpark gave us the opportunity to flow beyond many physical and mental barriers.
She was the first mountain we’ve climbed, but she won’t be the last.
What a delightful experience for us maintain our individual alignment, while letting our deeper selves play together.. up, up & up! 🧗🏼♀️🏔🧗🏼♂️ #longspeak#optimisticandholistic#flowwithit
We are excited to welcome Lynda Pyka to Southwestern Aspen Gallery!
Lynda has worked in the entertainment business for 25 years as a costume designer for television and holds a Tony nomination for her headpieces in Broadway's, "Song of Jacob Zulu". She has left this all behind as Mother Nature was calling her to go outside and paint. The passion in expressing her creativity outside cannot compare to that so called glamorous life. To be one in nature and feeling alive and spontaneous with wind, bugs, heat, and changing light are the only productions she wants to be involved in now.
Lynda also paints political marches and outside events that call for documentation of a moment in time. She resides in Pasadena, California and is a member of California art club and LAPAPA.
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This morning I was on the Longs Peak trailhead at 2:30AM with intentions to summit and conquer Longs Peak (elevation 14,259’). Turns out I was the one conquered, this time! My biggest takeaway from this experience: acclimate, acclimate, acclimate! I shall return.
A rare mountain funnel cloud, taken from the highest place in Boulder County. "...from the top of Longs Peak looking west of @RockyNPS. This was taken around noon on July 24, 2019.
Photos by: Scott C Garcia [@datscottfactor21]." Tweet by @AndySteinWx. "According to the National Weather Service, the funnel was likely not caused by a supercell thunderstorm, the traditional method for the formation of a tornado. Instead, it was likely caused by a collision of low-level winds that creates a so-called landspout tornado." - Denver Post
This whole grieving the loss of yourself….or how you have identified yourself for the last 36 years … has its surging waves of difficulty.
I was poking around old journals and found a list of my runs and climbs completed around the the Park. I have summited #longspeak an even 60 times, ran it CTC in 2:52 (north face w/direct path), have over 30 Diamond ascents and have explores a variety of other routes on all aspects of the mountain. I also found my “exercise wish list!” Scheming an endless amount of runs, ridges, harder climbs in my backyard playground. If your lacking for ideas .... 😬. Funny to have repeated things over and over, like climbing Pear Buttress or running Blitzen Ridge and still desiring and missing their company. #nevernotenough#trynewthings .
If you find yourself out and about in Rocky this summer do a handstand on a summit (be safe!) for me or share pictures of the view? Oh, and while your out there contemplate how we can create a few more trails that help us gain access beyond the obligatory 1 mile paved or packed gravel lake jaunt. We have all these fantastic toys to help us get back into the wilderness yet trail systems and land management are behind the times. .