Sunday, May 23, 2010

High above Las Vegas

So you're in Las Vegas. What would you do?
Party till dawn on the Strip? Hang out at the casino bar and watch your sports bets live or die? Go to a show? Sleep off your hangover till noon?
Of course not. You would do exactly what I did. Drive up into the Spring Mountains (it's not that far), camp in winds strong enough to blow the lid off a dumpster, wake up at 7 a.m. to eat your Grape Nuts with dried fruit soaked in cold water, then throw your Mac in your pack (I'm training) and hike into the Mount Charleston Wilderness.
I left my new buddy Gary from Nashville at about 10,500 feet as he went on to try to bag the snow-covered ridge and summit. I was already way past my planned turnaround point and out of water. Wonder if he made it.
That is what you would do. Right?

1 comment:

  1. I wonder how many visitors to Vegas take your route rather than the lighted asphalt and cement? I'm surprised you found a companion out there.

    Any sign of wildlife in the mountains? I can see why there would be little, but also might understand why there would be some. Snow = least for a while.

    One of the followers is a student of mine. :-)

    Grape nuts with water? Arghh.....