When in doubt, go higher
In July I climbed Mt. Healy, the peak that overlooks the entrance to Denali National Park. That there is a trail for much of the route makes it very attractive – crashing through willows gets old sometimes. Although it’s a fairly popular hike, the trail only goes to the “overlook” – past that point I am typically alone on the rest of the route.
To the top and then back home in a couple of hours – always a great way to spend an afternoon.
When I get frustrated with some aspects of living here, I remind myself sometimes about the unique things that make this place so cool. How many places in the world could I summit a decent-sized peak at almost 10pm, and still make it back down in daylight?
That’s what I did recently during a camping trip. With a line of peaks rising a couple thousand feet above my campsite, I couldn’t resist the urge for a quick evening summit. Unfortunately it turned out to be less than quick, as I misjudged the amount and density of willows lining much of the route. What I thought would be 2 hours round-trip turned into 4, but I still had a great time. Although, between crashing through branches, and getting eaten by the thick mosquitoes, my legs certainly weren’t winning any beauty contests!