Yesterday I had a really nice day with my buddy Steve in the mountains.
We were in the Tantalus Range doing a mountain called Ossa.
It was a long day, 14 hours round trip and 18 hours including travel time. Its a 14,500 foot day -- with over 7,000 feet of elevation gained on the approach (i.e. a long walk uphill). This was WILD terrain. Very complex. Much of our trek was following the line Steve choose for us. He's BRILLIANT at walking in the mountains...now, for some who don't hike/climb much, "walking in the mountains" may seem like a non issue...but actually, "walking in the mountains"...in the region that we were in, is an art. It can be easy to get off track and waste time. This area was host to beautiful alpine meadows, tarns, lakes, glaciers, and a whole variety of really cool views of mountains I still hope to do with Steve (Mount Pelion, Mount Tantalus).
It was GOOOOOOOOD. We summited and finished strong...except for our feet, which were not feelin' so good.
Check out some pics: