Enos Mills - One man who helped change outdoor history. This is your Throwback Thursday ♠️
Known as the “Father of Rocky Mountain National Park,” Mills was the original mountain conqueror. He first ascended Longs Peak at 15.
He would go on to do so over 40 times alone, and well over 300 more as a guide. In a move that makes him one of the first paid Naturalists ever, he served as the Colorado State Snow Observer, in which he was paid to tromp around measuring the snowfall so as to try to predict the following year’s runoff.
He was a pioneer in the trail guiding field as well, as he founded Longs Peak Inn, where he would host folks that he was going to guide to the top, often sharing stories and giving talks before or after their ascent. He was instrumental in getting the Longs Peak area designated as a National Park, and Mills Lake in RMNP is his namesake.
Despite overcoming tuberculosis and several other illnesses during his lifetime, Enos Mills was the historic incarnation of the avid mountaineers of today.
This is the SUP photo that encapsulates Black Stallion by the Highwaymen better than any other. You need to ignore all the bits about the horse, cowboys, saddles and the like. Basically just the chorus and only a small part of it really. We did it team. We did it.
Coffee pot at the end of the rainbow... On a two-week solo wilderness canoe trip with very variable weather conditions, this was treasure for sure... something to look forward to each day and help mobilise fats into the bloodstream for long, steady distance.
I wake up and see this every single morning right after I pray. Someone said in a group "People shouldn't be posting clean time and their key tags. It's an anonymous program. Just stay clean and live your life." I could not be more fucking proud of my clean time and key tags and chips. I do not remain anonymous because hiding who I was and what I was to me kept me sick all those years because of the embarrassment and shame. That clean time and key tags represent to me working my ass off to turn my life around. I'm as open as it gets about my past and hide none of it. Nothing I can do about what I did. I didn't become clean and sober then become perfect. I still do things that some people frown upon. Best part is I own it. One of the things I'm most proud about and take the most pride in is what you see is what you get with me. I tell it like it is now and I'm honest with any aspect in life and if I mess up I own up to it. I do my recovery and what keeps me clean and it may be different from others. My days clean and the blessings I got that come with it, I couldn't be more proud of it. My recovery is one thing in life that can't be taken from me unless I choose to give it up.