My wife doesn't ask where me and the kids went anymore....

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Richard Ryer on October 2, 2007

On Longs Peak, top of the Trough, at the crux.

Jewels on October 2, 2007

WOW..fantastic shot and no wonder you don't tell her...yee gads!

AlexMatos on October 3, 2007

Greetings Richard,

Great shot, it looks a little slipery, no?

You better not show it right away, but try in a few years time saying.."ohh we were so fool...look what we did..." with some smiles and grins between you and your kids.

Cheers,

Alex

Richard Ryer on October 3, 2007

Greetings Bruce, Thanks for visiting the Trough and commenting. The stocking cap is Seiji,my son and the yellow below him is Mariko, my daughter. This is an hour before we reached the summit.

Cheers,

Rich

Richard Ryer on October 3, 2007

Greetings YBMW, Thanks for visiting the trough and commenting. Just kidding with the title. She has every confidence in what we kids do out there. But the shot shows some of the cool exposure you go through on the way up.

Cheers,

Rich

Richard Ryer on October 3, 2007

Greetings Alex, Thanks for visiting the trough and commenting. A little slippery YES! There was still snow in the Trough so the climb was rated technical. We had just gotten off the snow and I had the axes back on my pack. The kids were negotiating the big rock at the top of the Trough that constitutes the crux (hard part). There was veer glass (ice) coating lots of the rock. If you slipped there could be catastrophic results with a rescue or recovery soon there after. The green arm is a climbing Ranger from the park. We were in good company.

Cheers,

Rich

Richard Ryer on October 3, 2007

Greetings Billy, Thanks for visiting the Trough and the wife's worst nightmare! Back in the day the boy was 13 and the daughter was 19. It was a great outing, their third summit attempt - and a success.

Cheers,

Rich

©junebug on October 3, 2007

Great photo, Rich. It looks dangerous, but you and your kids must be enjoying it very much. I'm sure your wife has confidence in what you are doing! Greetings, Anne

Richard Ryer on October 3, 2007

Greetings Anne, Thanks for the vote of confidence. The kids are pretty talented and can hold their own on this stuff. I do have a picture where I think I see concern in Mariko's eyes (at the bottom of the Trough). I made a tactical error and we didn't take the crampons with us, which turned out to be a very huge mistake, but without consequences, thankfully. We sure had to work hard to rectify my mistake. Hope you like this archive stuff.

Cheers,

Rich

Richard Ryer on October 4, 2007

Greetings Peter, Thanks for visiting the Trough on Longs Peak and your wonderful observations. I am glad you got to try climbing on Mt. Fuji. That is a beautiful and sacred mountain. You are so lucky. We are very careful as we climb. This is my son coming up. Thanks for visiting.

Cheers,

Rich

Dann Cianca on October 4, 2007

Best caption ever.

Dann.

Richard Ryer on October 4, 2007

Greetings Dann, Always nice to be able to inject a little levity when the situation gets tense. And the kids were well prepared for this. Thanks for visiting.

Cheers,

Rich

☆Tomoaki Ueda☆ on October 7, 2007

Hi, Richard.

Great shot! This slope seems very steep! Can your kids find their step position by themselves? I think that this was the valuable experience for them. Thank you for sharing.

Tomoaki Ueda

Snemann on October 7, 2007

Scary, Richard. You have managed to show the steepnes and length of slope very well here. I get dizzy just from looking at the picture!

Richard Ryer on October 8, 2007

Greetings Tomoaki and Snemann, Thanks so much for visiting the kids at the top of the Trough. We have spent many days on the rocks and snow so the kids have confidence in their ability to find the best route (or turn around when the time is right). Seiji (17 now) went out camping and hiking this weekend with another young friend (no parents). He understands what is going on out there. Anyway, we all summited a short time later.

Cheers,

Rich

Vicki Atkins on October 9, 2007

Hi Richard, I have to agree with Dann, Best caption Ever. As the mum and wife of our family, I find myself doing the same(not asking I mean), and my family doesn't climb! ( Well my brother does.. but another story.) I enjoyed the picture, being in that kind of landscape always fascinates though I am too chicken to climb myself! Thank you for sharing the great picture, vicki in Alberta, Canada.

Richard Ryer on October 10, 2007

Greetings Vicki, Thanks so much for visiting the kid's adventure and your wonderful comments and insights. I'm glad you liked the picture. We really have fun getting out and doing these types of things.

Cheers,

Rich

Karolina P. on October 13, 2007

This looks scary! What a brave child! Greetings

Richard Ryer on October 13, 2007

Greetings Karolina, Thanks for visiting me and the kids at the trough and commenting on their bravery. It was pretty intense because we did not bring our crampons, just ice axes. We had to chop 100's of footholds in the icy snow to get to the top of the trough. It took just as long to get back down through this stretch because other climbers had washed out our footholds. It was a good time in spite of the tactical error by the group leader (me).

Cheers,

Rich

roeli bindels on June 23, 2011

good for her :):):) I wouldn"t know eather!! :):):) gr. roeli

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Photo taken in East Longs Peak Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA

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