I'd just turned 18, a complete novice from Ohio. Went with 3 vets.
of Rockies (2 guys +dog). Took crappy ext. frame-pack & heavy gear.
Only some altitude illness on ascent. Rode down scree on way from
summit to a Roosevelt pond camp. Return was rushed short-cut, back
to lot. Had to run downhill to keep sight of others. Knees locked
stiff upon return to apt. [Recovered to bicycle 1,565 mi. to Ohio]
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
--Peter Gibbons (Office Space)