It’s been a looong time since I’ve last posted on Instagram. Since I’ve been to Costa Rica I took 2 winter trips to June lake, a trip to Death Valley and a trip to Arizona. Unfortunately I lost my SD card so the only place I have those trips recorded is my memory. When the school year ended I took May Term in Europe which allowed me to get a few incredible mountain shots. Only a day after I got back from Europe I left to work for the Utah Conservation core. Between living in my car and the significant lack of internet I did not get much editing done until now. So that’s been my life for the last 8 months!
This is the Matterhorn, which easily takes the cake as the most impressive peak and possibly the most impressive thing I have ever seen. I took this on a 2 day solo backpacking trip that had A LOT more snow than I had initially prepared for. Somehow, this led to me pitching my tent on this tiny little ledge on a 45 degree slope. I had foolishly chosen to go up this slope because I had seen a deer walking on it and it was the only part of the mountain free of snow. So here I am looking at this buck walk casually up the mountain and thinking to myself, “Hey I could do that!” As it turns out there is a fairly significant difference between a deer and a person with a 40 pound pack. After almost an hour of anxiety and watching rocks bounce down 1,000 feet I reached what I thought was the summit, only to realize that the REAL summit was almost 1000 feet above me and as snow capped as any of the others. So being the great decision maker I am I decided to keep going. At some point, standing on this 45 degree slope and watching the light fade on the Matterhorn I thought, “Oh shit how am I going to sleep on this slope?” With extraordinary luck, in the last few minutes of light I found a “flat” patch big enough to accommodate my tent. All I can remember is telling myself over and over “just finish setting up the tent and then we can warm up” I didn’t sleep that well that night because I kept rolling against the side of the tent which spawned fears of waking up while bouncing down the mountain. Luckily I got a great sunrise which largely makes up for psychological terror. - 1 hour ago