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“I'd rather live on the side of a mountain than wander through canyons of concrete and steel”


Male, 38 years old

Salina, Kansas, United States

Power = 102 (Vote Weight = 81.64%)

Occupation: CT Technologist

Website: http://www.listsofjohn.com/CompletionAll.php?M=GarethHampton

A Few Words:
"I guess he'd rather be in Colorado"

Once the mountains have gazed into your soul, you are theirs, and they are yours.

The mountains for me have been, and are many things...
A place of refuge from seemingly overwhelming cares,
Salve for my soul,
A place of renewal for my spirit,
A reset switch for life,
A challenge which calls me higher,
A goal for which I strive and in the process strengthen my mind and body.

Flight of the Spirit Driving west on I-70, every passing minute brings me closer, plains passed by. The westering daylight drains, fades, dies. We hit Denver; Friday evening traffic flowing smoothly, caffeine-haze yellow lights glinting off the cars. Night beat, wheels still spinning, hours left to go, talk radio streaming through my brain. City limits left behind, now the foothill climb. Pushing the Pathfinder up to the Divide, curvy road, headlights cutting the black; rock walls watch. Eisenhower Tunnel: flying the haze-white portal. Denver was caffeine, Eisenhower is a pot of burnt coffee. Coasting down past drowsy Silverthorne, the going feels easy now. Into the high country dark, the mountains hugging close again. Gotta stop for a sec. Exit at Officer’s Gulch and climb out. The cool air hits me. There it is, that wonderful high country evergreen sent filling the air, like a terrestrial visit to heaven. That beautiful scent fills up my senses. I’m getting chilly, time to dig out a fleece top. We still have a few more hours to go through the halls of blazing aspen, but already, I'm back.
(Oct 2005)


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My Mountains & Rocks (7)
UN 13,001 (Sawatch Range)
The Citadel (Front Range (CO))
UN 12,670 B "Cats Eye Peak" (Elk Mountains)
Notch Mountain & UN 13,248 (Sawatch Range)
Geissler Mountain East (Sawatch Range)
South Rawah Peak (Colorado 12ers)
Rio Grande Pyramid (San Juan Range)
My Routes (11)
Southeast Ridge (UN 13,001)
East Slopes & The Window (Rio Grande Pyramid)
Garratt/Martin Route (Point 13,545 & Twining Peak/"Blue Peak")
Cats Eye-Arkansas Mountain Loop (UN 12,670 B "Cats Eye Peak")
Half Moon Pass / North Ridge (Notch Mountain & UN 13,248)
Notch Mountain Trail (Notch Mountain & UN 13,248)
West Ridge (Windom Peak)
South Face (Sunlight Peak)
East Ridge (Geissler Mountain East)
My Lists (1)
My Albums (1)
San Juan 13ers (San Juan Range)
My Trip Reports (3)
The Quiet Ebbing (Little Giant Peak)
Chasing Distant Dreams (Longs Peak)

Climber's Logs I've Signed (68)
Mountains & Rocks (64)
"Window Peak" (San Juan Range)
Truro Peak (Elk Mountains)
Mount Lindsey (Colorado 14ers)
Humboldt Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Crestone Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Sherman (Colorado 14ers)
Quandary Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Bross (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Lincoln (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Cameron (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Democrat (Colorado 14ers)
Little Costilla Peak (NM) (Sangre de Cristo Mountains)
UN 13,001 (Sawatch Range)
The Citadel (Front Range (CO))
Huron Peak (Colorado 14ers)
North Rawah Peak (Front Range (CO))
Peerless Mountain (Mosquito Range)
Horseshoe Mountain (Mosquito Range)
Mount Sniktau (Front Range (CO))
South Boulder Peak (Boulder Range)
Bear Peak (Boulder Range)
Green Mountain (Boulder Range)
Ooh La La (Indian Peaks (CO))
Ogalalla Peak (Indian Peaks (CO))
Elk Tooth (Indian Peaks (CO))
Mount Massive (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Elbert (Colorado 14ers)
North Maroon Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Meeker (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Pettingell Peak (Front Range (CO))
South Rawah Peak (Colorado 12ers)
Grays Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Torreys Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Hallett Peak (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Ptarmigan Point (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Twin Sisters Peaks (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Point 13,545 & Twining Peak/"Blue Peak" (Colorado's Most Prominent Peaks)
Chair Mountain (Colorado's Most Prominent Peaks)
Mount Washburn (Yellowstone National Park)
Grand Traverse Peak (Gore Range)
Snow Peak (Gore Range)
Little Matterhorn (Rocky Mountain National Park)
UN13,382 "Williams Mountain" (Colorado's Most Prominent Peaks)
UN11,695 "The Catamount " (Colorado 11ers)
Buckskin BM (Elk Mountains)
Windom Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Sunlight Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Bison Peak (Colorado's Most Prominent Peaks)
Rio Grande Pyramid (San Juan Range)
Crestone Needle (Colorado 14ers)
Holy Cross, Mount of the (Colorado 14ers)
Castle Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Capitol Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Sneffels (Colorado 14ers)
Wetterhorn Peak (Colorado) (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Sunflower (U.S. State Highpoints)
Geissler Mountain East (Sawatch Range)
Tooth of Time (Sangre de Cristo Mountains)
Longs Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Routes (3)
East Slopes & The Window (Rio Grande Pyramid)
Dead Dog Couloir (Torreys Peak)
Dragon's Tail Couloir (Flattop Mountain)
Canyons (1)
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River (Yellowstone National Park)

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