“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” (John Muir).

What do you do when the temperatures drop into single digits, there is winter precipitation all around, and wind gusts strong enough to snuff out a candle? Bundle up inside by a fire, right? Well, that’s not what Dr. Oltjen does. Recently, he made the trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and did the opposite of what most of us would do in those circumstances. Instead of bundling up by a fire, he hiked and climbed tens of thousands of feet of elevation to see some of the most beautiful sights that North America has to offer.

What possessed Dr. Oltjen to do this? Hiking is one of his most favorite things to do and, to be honest, despite the hard work it took to accomplish what he did, he got within 900 feet of Longs Peak which has a summit of 14,259, and he makes it look really awesome. If you want to get some inspiration to do something daring like this, check out some of the amazing sites you’ll see. They include alpine lakes, the peaks of some beautiful mountains and stunning Rocky Mountain vistas.

If you’ve ever made the oft-repeated joke, “I thought the Rockies would be rockier,” you won’t want to miss Dr. Oltjen’s travel photos just to see how rocky they really are.

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