‘The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.’
G.K. Chesterton ‘Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.’
When I was in high school I was friends with a German exchange student and she told me that where she is from they call freckles sun sprinkles. I hope he grows to love his sun sprinkles as much as I do. ❤️
First ascent on this day, 1980.08.20; Mount Everest (8848m) solo, by Reinhold Messner.
On 8 May 1978, Reinhold Messner stood with Peter Habeler on the summit of Mount Everest; the first men known to climb Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen. Prior to this ascent it was disputed whether this was possible at all. Messner and Habeler were members of an expedition led by Wolfgang Nairz along the southeast ridge to the summit.
Two years later, on 20 August 1980, Messner again stood atop the highest mountain in the world. This time, too, the ascent was made without supplementary oxygen. For this solo climb, he chose the northeast ridge to the summit, where he crossed above the North Col in the North Face to the Norton Couloir and became the first man to climb through this steep gorge to the summit. Messner decided spontaneously during the ascent to use this route to bypass the exposed northeast ridge. Prior to this solo ascent, he had not set up a camp on the mountain. [info; wikipedia.org / image; flickr]
I wish you could have seen the stars.
This trip was in pursuit of a dark sky not polluted by city light, fresh air, quiet, and to be miles away from the next human. I decided Saturday morning I was going. Packed light and just started driving.. booked the last campsite available in the backcountry and had to walk in the dark woods to find it. 5 miles in backcountry with a 24 lbs pack took just over 2h.. Worth it.
We thought it was time to introduce ourselves to you guys! Our names are Heather and Emily! We met at Life Group years ago before either of us had any kiddos and became instant friends! Now, between us, we’ve got 7 littles! Heather is a former elementary school teacher with two at school and one at home. She is an Okie native and an avid kids crafter! Em is a homeschool mama of four boys and migrated to Oklahoma from Texas. She grew up traveling the country. We both have adventurous spirits and love discovering all the fun that is to be had here in our home state with our awesome kids! Whether it’s museums, bounce zones, family restaurants, state parks, splash pads, playgrounds, hiking trails....we’re in! Let us know in the comments below a little about yourself, your crew, and what types of adventures you prefer! And stay tuned for more about our families!
There is something special about hiking in the mountains you grew up on 💜 just what we needed this weekend.
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We were completely socked in on Saturday night when we went to sleep. The next morning we woke up to this nice cloud inversion.
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With how sensitive and controversial everything is in the world these days, do you think twice about what you put in your captions? or do you just keep it 100% real and straight forward, not worrying about what others might think or feel? Or are we obligated to make sensitive approaches?