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24" boxes vs. 14,000 ft. peaks
Scott puts things into perspective…
Crossing the Knife Edge
Colorado has 54 mountains that are 14,000+ feet high. For the last 8 years, my son and I have been climbing them and we have been on top of 22. We have climbed lots of other places, but there is something about those mountains that keeps bringing us back. Usually the hikes are between 8 and 12 hours and about 5,000 feet up. Each step you take on the trail, you feel everything in your life washing away until it is just you and the mountain. It is glorious.
Some of the mountains are easy and some not so easy. This year, we decided it was time to tackle the hardest one – Capitol Peak. What makes it so hard is there is a 120 foot stretch known as “The Knife Edge”. You are at 13,700 feet and there is no place to put your feet as you cross. Each side has a 3,000 foot dropoff. The best way to get across is to straddle it and push across using your hands. Here is a quick video to give you an idea. http://www.14ers.com/videos/showvideo.php?video=CapitolKnife_1b I have down some dangerous things, but this was the longest toughest move I had ever attempted without a rope. You are on your own up there and you either make it or you don’t. And yes, some don’t make it.
I saw the video the night before our climb and it shook me. By 2 am, I had convinced myself that we needed to do another mountain. But after getting ready I realized I would always know that I had chickened out. I would never be able to look myself in the eyes and call myself a mountaineer if I didn’t at least try. So we were on the trail by 4 am and after 6 hours and 4,000 feet of gain, there we were, facing the Knife Edge. Oh, we did meet someone on the way up who had gotten to the critical point and turned around. Said he just could not do it. That helped my confidence!
It took all I had just to kneel down and straddle the rock. But then a clarity of mind swept over me. I heard this voice in my head saying, “This is what you do. This is who you are.” And I scooted a little further out. Before I realized it, I was half way across. I stopped and looked around me. Wow! What a view – and I could see myself in my minds eye sitting there like I was King of the World! Then a gust of wind hit me and I got back to business and finished the Knife Edge. I was across!
As they say in mountaineering, Getting Up is Optional, Getting Down is Mandatory. So after summiting, two hours later I stood at the Knife Edge again to come back across. But this time it wasn’t the enemy, it was an old friend. I got across in about half the time and we made it back to the trailhead after 14 hours and 18 miles.
As Ronnie No Good says, “If they aren’t shooting at you, how hard can it be?” And he is right. Some of you guys face difficult situations every day and I admire you for it. But that day, I faced my elephant and beat him. Go find yours and do the same.