Photo Essay: I Climb A Mountain
Unlike my older brother (and fellow blogger) Rian, I don’t think Nature is best appreciated through a plate-glass window. For years, I’ve loved to hike, paddle, and climb my way through my surroundings.
A couple of summers ago, I spent a month without going inside a building – two weeks hiking in North Cascades National Park, two weeks kayaking off of Vancouver Island. That was with 11 other people – and it was awesome!
Last summer, Rian and I went on a month-long road trip from Chicago to San Francisco and back again. We managed to fit some hiking in in a couple of places – most notably, the Grand Canyon.
In my first month and a half at Clark, I forgot about all that. In case you couldn’t tell, I’ve been very, very busy. And I missed it, though I didn’t realize for a while. But Clark, being a wonderful place in many respects, has just the cure – Clark U Outing Club!
Outing Club has been around for about 10 years, and puts together a bunch of awesome hikes, paddles, and, well, outings, almost every weekend. Last Tuesday, I suited up to climb Mount Monadnock, which is apparently the third-most hiked mountain in the world (following Mt. Fuji in Japan and Mount Tai in China). There were 12 of us – a full trip – and a great time was had by all!
This Sunday, I’m going ziplining with Outing Club! And now I’m looking forward to the weekend!