Sunday, September 16, 2012

Gothic Basin Hike

Finally made it out on another hike yesterday with my dad and sister.  What a PERFECT day for it!  We did the 9-mile roundtrip to Gothic Basin, and it was a serious challenge.  My dad gave it a 7.5 out of 10 on the difficulty scale, but I gave it a definite 8!  The views were well worth the effort it took to get  there.  I'm sure I would do this one again.  

Here is my dad demonstrating his DIY zip-off pants that he made some 30 years ago.  He sewed a zipper into each leg that goes all the way up to his hips.  Simply unzip and tuck the fabric into the back pockets!  Pretty crafty!  
 Here we are at the top enjoying our lunch with amazing views in every direction.  
 Self-timer photos are always fun.  
 Those tracks were made by us as we glissaded on down this snow field.
On the way up the mountain, I was so focused on the rocks at my feet that I didn't noticed the giant log above my head.  I took a big step up and bam!  Pain!  My ears rang and my vision slowly darkened.  I sat down and was able to recover after a few minutes.  My head throbs just thinking of that log.  Here is Amy reenacting the moment:
Happy hiking!

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