I will confess that one of my current fears in life is heights. I was not always fearful and as a child you would most likely find me climbing up the tallest trees with ease and without trepidation. When I used to race motocross I would be the one jumping the biggest jumps and entering jumping contests. Heck, I once won this long jump contest in West Palm Beach, Florida against a young Tim Ferry.
That was many, many years ago. Now I seem to get dizzy and experience Vertigo when I try to balance on obstacles (there really is a reason I do not ride the Skinny's out on the trail) or when I get more than a few feet off the ground. Roller coasters are also off my list of fun things to ride. I personally think it has to do with my inner ear and some old head injuries (I have had more than a couple of skull fractures in my day...).
I bring his up because while out in Colorado I had an opportunity to climb a 14er with Ben Reeves and Christopher. While at the time I would have much rather gone riding I decided to attempt climbing Bierstadt Mountain. Ben said it was one of the easier 14ers and I knew I would most likely not ever climb one by myself. Climbing a 14er has been on my "Bucket List" for years and it was time to put a check mark next to it.
Leadville 100 mile trail run so he is in superb shape right now. He spent the majority of the morning waiting for my fat ass to make it up the climb. Next time I am going to make him carry my water and food. This way it will slow him down some.