There is this settled emotion
When I am outside
Gliding over glacial waters
Trudging upwards towards colossal peaks
Stumbling over snow in the depths of summer
Drifting along the enchanted evergreens
Wandering above the alpine like
I can feel my heart stream ambivalence
Utterly lost from touch of humanity
I leave society behind
Such essential separation is overwhelming
For I am no longer a single person
But an element
Another piece of the natural world
Forged in the harmony of the eternal
This short poem was written on the second day of a three day relaxed pace trek of Pinnell Mountain, in the White Mountain Recreation Area in Alaska. The route was enjoyable despite strong winds and heavy rain, perhaps it’s that very challenge of the weather that makes a trail more rewarding? Regardless, it has gone down as one of my favorite mini-adventures out there. If you ever find yourself In the Fairbanks area of Alaska, try and make your way there to see the trail head and hike it if you have the chance; I recommend starting from Eagle Summit and ending at Twelve Mile Summit, but either way you’ll still be embracing some rapid elevation changes and rugged switchbacks.
Head out of Fairbanks towards Fox, but hug the Steese, Highway 2, to the East and follow it for a few hours until the road turns to dirt. Signs will guide you, soak up being above the alpine line.
Go on, get out there and live a little.