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Male, 68 years old

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Power = 281 (Vote Weight = 92.27%)

Occupation: Retired Software Nerd

Website: http://nelsonchenkin.zenfolio.com/

A Few Words: I enjoy non-technical, off-the-beaten-path scrambles and rambles. No goals or lists, just enjoy being in the backcountry. Will return to the same place again and again, it's always new. Have been known to stop for a minute to examine a bird or flower. I don't move real fast.

Quote from Charles Lind, An Afterclap of Fate
At moments like this you can really savour the wry humour of Donald Robertson's remark 'climbers are always trying in self-defence to maintain the fiction that they are enjoying themselves'.

Mummery was surely right in his observation that 'the essence of the sport, lies not in ascending a peak, but in struggling with and overcoming difficulties...'

People are always asking me to explain or justify the sport of climbing ... but climbing, just like life itself, has no narrow rational purpose ... all its sense lies in the doing. ...

A reawakening to what it means to be alive, the unaccountable miraculousness of being ... and that feeling of sheer delight in it.

Quote from Jonathan Neale, Tigers of the Snow
I ask Khansa Sherpa, in English, why foreigners climb mountains. He laughs and says to his wife, Lhakpa, in Sherpa, "You know what he just asked me? Why do foreigners climb mountains?" Lhakpa laughs, too.

Then Khansa tells me he has been reflecting on this matter since 1953. He's finally concluded that foreigners climb mountains because they like to. Unlikely as that seems, no other explanation makes sense.

Quote from The Beatles
Some kind of happiness is measured out in miles

Andy following me (a rare event) on Dragon's Tail Couloir. May, 2006. Photo by smudge.

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My Areas & Ranges (2)
My Mountains & Rocks (10)
Peak 5950 (Kangchenjunga)
Saint Vrain Mountain (Indian Peaks (CO))
Big Agnes Mountain (Colorado's Most Prominent Peaks)
The Sharkstooth (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Little Matterhorn (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Flattop Mountain (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Mount Meeker (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Kangchenjunga (8000m Peaks)
Mera Peak (The Hongu Valley)
My Routes (16)
Northwest Gully (Flattop Mountain)
Northeast Face (Navajo Peak)
Northern Slopes (Peak 5950)
The "Krishna Cutoff" (Hallett Peak)
Tyndall Glacier (Hallett Peak)
Snow Lion (Mount Jasper)
Southeast Ridge (Big Agnes Mountain)
Apache Couloir (Apache Peak)
North Face Snowfields (Powell Peak)
The "Weenie Route" (Greyrock Mountain)
Andrews Glacier (Taylor Peak)
Southwest Face (Little Matterhorn)
Dragon's Tail Couloir (Flattop Mountain)
North Face (Flattop Mountain)
My Trailheads (9)
Twin Sisters (Twin Sisters Peaks)
Milner Pass (Mount Ida)
Meeker Park (Horsetooth Peak)
Green Mountain (Nakai Peak)
Colorado River (Lulu Mountain)
Fern Lake (Stones Peak)
Lawn Lake (Rowe Peak)
Chapin Pass (Ypsilon Mountain)
Bear Lake (Hallett Peak)
My Albums (7)
Wind River Range, Take 3 (Wind River Range)
Down The Paria (Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness)
Amphu Labsa (The Hongu Valley)
Less Than Eleven Feet II (Wind River Range)
Less Than Eleven Feet (Wind River Range)
My Trip Reports (4)

Climber's Logs I've Signed (48)
Areas & Ranges (1)
Mountains & Rocks (47)
Mount Ida (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Five Sisters of Kintail (Scots Team Sandbox)
Mount Alice (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Fremont Peak (Wind River Range)
Kilimanjaro (Seven Summits)
Drift Peak (Tenmile Range)
Half Mountain (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Merapi (Volcanoes of Indonesia)
Mount Bierstadt (Colorado 14ers)
Powell Peak (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Chiefs Head Peak (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Peak C (Gore Range)
Storm Peak (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Iron Mountain (Never Summer Range)
Eagles Nest (Gore Range)
Mount Tamalpais (California County Highpoints)
Volcán Poás/Volcán Barva (Costa Rica Volcanoes)
Mount Lyell (California County Highpoints)
Simmons Peak (Yosemite National Park)
Mount Elbert (Colorado 14ers)
Grays Peak (Colorado 14ers)
James Peak & St. Mary's Glacier (Indian Peaks (CO))
Cadillac Mountain (Northeast Alpine Peaks)
Quandary Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Hallett Peak (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Mount Columbia (Colorado 14ers)
Paiute Peak (Indian Peaks (CO))
Mount Audubon (Indian Peaks (CO))
Capitol Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Neva (Indian Peaks (CO))
McHenrys Peak (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Pagoda Mountain (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Mount Lady Washington (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Greyrock Mountain (Front Range)
Horsetooth Mountain (Front Range)
Mount Jasper (Indian Peaks (CO))
Mount Toll (Indian Peaks (CO))
Mera Peak (The Hongu Valley)
Mount Meeker (Rocky Mountain National Park)
Navajo Peak (Indian Peaks (CO))
South & North Arapaho Peak (Indian Peaks (CO))
Torreys Peak (Colorado 14ers)
Mount Shasta (California County Highpoints)
Longs Peak (Colorado 14ers)

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