Point Six is an old friend of mine. Tonight as I spun up the last segment I was thinking about the friends that I have climbed it with. The last time I was up here Jill and I were riding together. But I am not going to blog about specific friends and their specific qualities. That would only land me in complete trouble.
Tonight it was Mo and I taking on the 4,000 foot climb. I can equate each item I like about this mountain with each of my friends. As for my current climbing companion I have been sworn to secrecy. She has however, decided to stand in as bike model, mountain Sherpa (hint:: she carries all the crap), and creative consultant.
It’s the colors that struck me the most tonight. Like my most colorful friends who without could render my life completely bland. It is the colorful friends that spice up life.
I spent only moments on top of the monolith tonight but managed to snap off a couple images. The smoke in the valley was thick but couldn’t hide the beautiful bowls in the rattlesnake. Some of my friends are like that. It seems that through all diversity they are always maintaining their best side.
And then there are the ones who I consistently give shit to for being late. When in fact they make it “OK” to take off on journeys “later in the day”. So I will just come out and say that it is I who is always running “un motivated”. But this is why I see the most beautiful things.
So many times I have descended this mountain late. Like the time a friend turned to me and explained that it was fabulous to “feel alive” just moments after announcing her fingers were frozen. Which could have been adverted if my damn soup I carried through the snow late that night would have been warm. But now the sunset was warming my heart as I rocketed back down the mountain.
Speaking of descending. This mountain is a consistent grade. So much that you can expect your ass to feel like it is going to fall off on the climb. But point the knobbies down and it is a hour long speed fest.
I can remember some descents I have had that were not so much fun. Like that time when a friend and I descended in pouring rain. I thought for sure I was going to die from hypothermia. This mountain can be a cold bastard. Tonight is was a warm friend.
Yea, the one thing I really miss about Missoula is the Point Six Climb.