"I'll second Tom's prowess in the hills."
Thanks to both Craig and Doug for the kind words. I am humbled, and honored to have been able to share a very special part of the Sierra with 3 of the finest companions a guy could ask for.
Age wasn't really a factor anyway, because we were all just little boys out there doing what little boys do when Mommy's not looking.
"He led over Shepherd's Pass in 90+ degree temps. I'd be a liar if I didn't say I had a few "Oh $hit, this guy's not going to slow down" moments until I hit my stride."
And I had a few "Oh $hit" moments, too, thinking what the he!! had I gotten myself into hiking with these young studs, and that if I stumbled, they'd make waffle tracks all over my shiny new OHM 2. ;0)
"It's not age, it's poor lifestyle choices leading up to that age."
That and a passion for the mountains. If you want it bad enough, you'll stay in shape. Simple as that. In my case there is really no choice, because the Sierra is at the core of who I am.
Somehow, I think Craig, Adan, and Doug will be up there for many years to come.
And, Doug, it wasn't 96! It was....uh...., 92? 89? Aw he!!, maybe it was 96 after all. :(