Thursday, May 10, 2007

The mountain is restless

There are many in the region, particularly woodsy Manitou types, but also a few secular, skeptical reporters, who feel Pikes Peak has a spirit, a presence, a personality with many moods. This isn't exactly unique to Pikes Peak. People have been assigning consciousness to mountains for a long time. I remember getting a coca-chewing lesson from a Quechuan Indian in the Andes. He showed me how to start each chewing session by holding holding three leaves spread out like a fan (one for the condor, one for the snake, and one for the puma) and then, in a sort of "cheers" saying the name of the closest spiritual being. In this case it was a 20,900-foot peak called Ausangate.
Anyway, the mood of Pikes Peak right now is a little unsettled. I ran Barr Trail Wednesday and saw that two huge boulders had come tumbling down, low on the trail, and smashed several spots in the wooden rails along the path to match sticks. This happened sometime in the last three days, as I was on Barr on Sunday, and saw nothing. Other boulders have come down in the same area in the past few months. One of them is blocking the trail about a mile up. It could be soft, moist soils giving way, or it could be old Tava grumbling.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

How far up the trail did you get? Any idea what the conditions are above Barr Camp? Thanks

Dena Rosenberry said...

Gaz photographer Christian Murdock was at Barr last week. It took a group of experienced peak climbers at least 6 hours to summit from Barr.

Neal and Teresa say Barr Camp got about 2 feet in last weekend's storm.

That would indicate it's still rough going, even below treeline.

I'll see if we can get an update today.

Dave Philipps said...

Above Barr Camp is snow, snow, and more snow. Probably very wet and rotten.

Gringo Pete said...

I just got a Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell. I think soon there might be soft, moist soils giving way, or it could be old Tava grumbling.

zen said...

She's shivering It's cold under all that snow.

"The mountains are your own mind. What are you perceiving today?"

M`e

Kuku said...

Mountain throwing rocks?
Hikers are like scissors, dude -
Bet the mountain wins.

Steve Bremner said...

Dave, I've got a big piece of Pikes Peak granite "growing" under my house on Ruxton Ave causing my floor to slowly buckle. Since Pikes Peak's granite is pushing up from below, I guess it is inevitable that pieces will pop out now and then...