Please excuse my youthful exuberance in this series of pictures; of me playing “caveman” with my ice axe, high in the Teton Mountains.
After climbing into the heights of the Tetons and stopping short of any summits, Dutton and I decided to pose on some of the mammoth boulders high in the alpine region.
We decided to strike a pose for the camera, and I thought my ice axe would make a nice caveman axe; so I pretended to be the real deal.
With ice axe in hand, I strike a traditional “caveman” pose; as if I actually knew what a “traditional caveman” would have done.
I transitioned to a normal “mountain man” pose; again assuming that I had ever met a “real” mountain man and knew what he would be doing, so foolishly on top of such a large boulder.
When you’re young and on top of your game, the entire world is your stage; and we felt invincible at the time…until Dutton later came down with an extreme case of food poisoning from drinking the mountain water.
If you don’t go for it when you’re young and fit…when will you ever make your dreams a reality?
It really didn’t get any better than this…young, strong, unafraid, and not enough experience to keep us from doing as many foolish things as we could think up.
This picture shows the highest point that we hiked up to in the Tetons, just before the vertical rock summit; we weren’t prepared for anything more difficult on this climb.
The landscape of the bowl just under the summit reminded us of the “Bedrock Quarry,” where Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble worked in the cartoon.
While camping in the high country of the Teton Mountains, we decided to go skinny dipping in a freezing cold mountain stream…here I enjoy the icy water.
How cold was it? Well it was really, really cold; and hardly warmer than the melting snowpack that was the source of this mountain stream.
When you put everything into perspective, how much better can it get…camping in the high Teton Mountains and skinny dipping in a cold mountain stream?
I didn’t last long in the ice cold water that day, but boy was it refreshing!
When I first saw this picture, my only thought was that the lighting in the photo has never been so kind to me before…
If when you’re young, strong and adventurous you don’t go for it and live life to the fullest…then when will you ever do it?
Here I am hanging onto the side of a rock the size of an apartment building.
Some opportunities just beg to be photo ops, and this moment in the high Tetons was just such a moment – so we played it for all it was worth.
The world is your stage when you’re young, and it’s all out there just waiting for you to discover it.
Life is much like a real life Shakespearean play, and we’re all adventurers – exploring everything that is new to us in the world.
Here Dutton strikes a pose beside a boulder that is not one of your “run-of-the-mill” sized boulders.
The weather was fantastic for our trip into the high country of the Tetons; but when you’re in the mountains, the weather can change on you at a moment’s notice – with little warning.
At the time though, life couldn’t get much better than this; and we were having the time of our lives hamming it up for the camera.
For us it was the idealism of youth, and the fact that we were literally on top of the world; that gave us unlimited confidence to follow our dreams.
Here’s Dutton standing beside another huge boulder the size of an office building, on a beautiful day in the Teton Mountains.
There were dramatic boulders everywhere, and we were like kids on the playground…climbing and clowning around from boulder to boulder.
The opportunities for photo ops were unlimited – the only limitation was the number of pictures remaining in my camera.
Next on our adventure, we’re off to Big Sky, Montana; where we climb and conquer “Lone Mountain.”