#1000Words: This is Why

The #1000Words series highlights the images we’ve captured on the trail that tell a story that resonates with us.  As the saying goes “A picture’s worth a thousand words” and we believe it.  Share your images in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #1000Words.

Tim’s great #1000Words series of posts inspired me to contribute one of my own.

View from the Summit: Split Mountain (14,064 ft)

View from the Summit: Split Mountain (14,064 ft)

Due to the heavy snowfall and late melt of 2011, we were unable to get over a pass on our big summer backpacking trip. After reaching the pass and realizing we wouldn’t be able to get to the other side we had to come up with a new plan. We decided that our new target would be the nearest California 14er, Split Mountain. Two days later we experienced the greatest summit day ever. The weather was as perfect as you can get in the Sierra, the summit had a comfortable lounging rock, the views captivated me, and the disappointment of having our original plans foiled was replaced by the exhilaration of looking at my favorite mountains from above.

All that I could think as I sat there on this perfect summit day: ” This is why. This is why I do it.”

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Since 2004 Rebecca has run Calipidder.com, a site that offers trip reports, photographs, and gear advice for exploring California’s parks and remote backcountry on foot. Based in San Jose, California, Rebecca makes the best of her location by being equally technology nerd and mountain sports junkie.