Brutal bike in on 4 inches of fresh snow. Cold day on the ridge. Sketchy scrambling on wet and frozen snow covered slabs. Huge wildlife day, 3 golden eagles, one screaming at me on the ridge, full frontal upward dive up the face of the true summit of Cougar. Fresh cougar tracks, ewe and twins, 5 deer, coyote, weasel tracks.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe