In the middle of the chaos and sorrow which has surrounded us in our home the past several weeks, comes a ray of hope or at least of a bright promise for fun and benefit.
Simple message, via email: The Pike's Peak Challenge is now open for registration. Pike's Peak Challenge is a hike (not a climb) up Pike's Peak. The point of this, in addition to challenging oneself to excel, is to raise money for the Colorado Head Injury Center, located in Denver.
"Excel" may be an exaggeration, but the truth is that climbing from 17,000 to 14,000 feet, over a 14-mile trail, even if it is well groomed, is a challenge. Part and parcel of the challenge is the reality that, no matter who well prepared the hiker is, the weather can intercede and change the entire game.
Even the second week of September, finding snow and sleet invading the summit is not uncommon. This happened one year, causing us to be turned around at Barr's Camp, the halfway point, and hike back down.
In all honesty, though, the thought is the reminder of better things. The steady realization that one is able to climb up the mountain itself, that the world of nature in that area is still and protectedly natural, even though thousands hike it or hike on it — these can give a point of reference, as well as providing a goal to work toward.
Yes, there is a goal and a factor of working toward, just as there is a reality to "excel". If, like us, you live at nearly 5,000 feet, you have a start on the necessities, but you still have to put in training time.
You may not wish to emulate the young Air Force cadets who run up the trail,the operative word being "young." But Janice and I, as well as our friend Lynn whom we threw on the bandwagon recently, know that we will have to do some preparation if we want to make the summit. This will especially be true for Lynn, who lives in sea-level Dallas.
At any rate, you may want to check it out yourself, to hike, or donate. Go to Pike's Peak Challenge and make sure you find the one that is for TBI victims.
Clyde Davis is a Presbyterian pastor and teacher at Clovis Christian High School. He can be contacted at: