Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Tower, aka The Soul Destroyer

Unsolicited advice: having a 6 pint night before a morning presentation to your director, manager, and their colleagues across the country is a terrible idea. #whoknew?

Now before you get all judgey about binge drinking on a weeknight, the next day was my day off, even though I stupidly agreed to present anyways. My voice had that distinct scratchy hoarseness that can only mean you've either 1) been recently hit by a truck, or 2) obviously just woken from a bender. #poorlifechoices

Anyways, the next day, Jas and I struggled up The Tower, a mountain that can only be described as a sufferfest of endlessly loose rubble, treadmill scree, and a deceptively long steep slope leading to it's summit at 3108m above sea level. I'll let the photos do the talking, as I don't have the adequate diction to better describe how technical and long this hike was. But as Jas put it, "This mountain hates me and it's destroying my soul..."

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Me, on the summit.

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The start of the steep climb.

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More steeps. Jas in the middle of the photo, exhausted.

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And here's me directly above, looking back down towards Jas. It was relentless steep.

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Being rewarded with some views, as we made our way up.

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Aaaaaaand more steeps.

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Look closely - that's Jas in the middle left.

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Almost there...

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A few climbing spots to navigate to the top.

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So close, we can taste those summit beers.

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Just kidding, we still got a ways to go. FML.

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Summit brews: Annex Ale Project Bright Nights Sour Wit, and Citizen brewing Northwest Pale Ale.

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Me deciding I hadn't suffered enough, so I should go traipse over along the ridge.

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Long after we started our descent, we eventually made it back to the meadow where we still had a 4km hike out back to the car.

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