Re: [OM] Reaching the Top

Subject: Re: [OM] Reaching the Top
From: Wayne Shumaker <om3ti@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2020 07:42:27 -0700
At 9/1/2020 02:57 PM, Ken wrote:
>> A facebook friend has been hiking Washington state. Last few photos were in 
>> the Glacier Peak area. I hate to say, but some of his phone photos rival 
>> what you have been posting. My next move from AZ might be up toward 
>> Washington state or Oregon. As one person put it, the desert is not for 
>> everyone.
>Well, I've been shooting a lot with the Panasonic DMC-GX85. It's not
>nearly as good as the iPhone. The iPhone can even make Iowa look
>attractive. And I'm actually a marginal photographer that makes up for
>my weaknesses through brute force.

I said that wrong. I didn't mean to imply your skill and photographic prowess, 
rather more about the place. Half of a good photo is being there and the place. 
The other half is skill in making the most of what is there. You excel 
photographically quite well. I hope your mastery did not take too much offence?

Alaska has some great views. But dealing with some of the other aspects of AK 
living... I'm seeing places like the PNW as a more amenable place to live, and 
scenic. Or even CO. Or maybe the coast of Maine...?  I grew up vacationing in 
the Rockies. Here from summer 2018 hiking...

heading up to Green Lake in Glacier Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

and Green lake.

I made that 12 mile hike with poor ankle. Age is creeping in, but post surgery, 
maybe more hikes to come before I need a walker. I quickly learned the value of 
having trekking poles (which I did not on that hike). If you twist an ankle 
they can be a life saver, not to mention preventing the injury in the first 
place. Compared to surgery, they are cheap. I used an old pair of cross country 
ski poles for a while. They work just OK, but the handle is not nearly as 
ergonomic as dedicated trekking poles for hiking. And the tips were more 

 From Green Lake I once (and younger) scrambled up the rocky slide to Pagoda 
Mountain peak (13,497 feet), which is next to Longs Peak. Climbing the edge at 
the top was not for those with fear of heights. I know what you mean by gnarly 
stuff. Some peaks, or the way up, are jagged edges. Always best to be prepared.


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