Retro Photos – Cathedral Peak, Colorado

Post by blogger | June 6, 2012      
Bob Perlmutter on Cathedral Peak, 2005, Colorado.

Bob Perlmutter on Cathedral Peak, 2005, Colorado. Old news of backcountry skiing, but fun to look at. Not sure what those skinny sticks are. Click image to enlarge.

You guys might enjoy this image from May 2005, Bob Perlmutter climbing the East Face of Cathedral Peak in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. Old blog post here. One of those cool days where everything fit together, and we did what we figured was a first descent (though who knows for sure who else was up there that many years ago). Whatever the case, I was going through some older photos and ran across this one. I love the juxtaposition of scale, with the small snow chunks in the foreground ending up as big as Bob. Kind of a relative miniature effect, or something like that.

Time is funny. This past seven years since skiing Cathedral with Bob seems like just a couple, probably because of all the stuff we’ve packed in. Our son heading off to college; Denali climb and ski; acquiring backcountry land and installing trailer house; married life; operating this website as a lively blog.

I think it was Einstein who said that the theory of relativity is actually quite easy to explain, something like sitting on a red hot stove can make a second seem like an hour, but sit with a pretty girl and time will stand still.

Life in our beautiful mountains; relativity.


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5 Responses to “Retro Photos – Cathedral Peak, Colorado”

  1. Rob Mullins June 6th, 2012 9:07 am

    Nice memories, nice post…but retro? 2005, retro! Yes, for my daughter I suppose, retro. I keep a retro photo of me in wool pants and plaid wool shirt, high-hands telemark on Epoke 900 skis on the Roman Wall on Mt Baker, ’70s bushy hair and beard. Next to that is about 10 yrs later, Fischer GTS skis and cable tele bindings and Asolo Super Comp plastic-cuff boots, the pink buckles and pink t-shirt of the day…memories are sweet, and perhaps entertaining, indeed.

  2. Lou June 6th, 2012 9:10 am

    The colors, now those do elicit some laughs!

  3. Jess June 6th, 2012 9:43 am

    Great photo and some powerful reflection — reminds me of the text preceding one of my favorite John Muir quotes: “Nothing can be done well at a speed of forty miles a day. The multitude of mixed, novel impressions rapidly piled on one another make only a dreamy, bewildering, swirling blur, most of which is unrememberable. Far more time should be taken. Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.”
    More power to mountain time!

  4. Pete Anzalone June 6th, 2012 11:22 pm

    Perl should rewrite the lyrics to “I’ve Been Everywhere” to fit his experience w/r to Colo backcountry skiing.

  5. Greig June 7th, 2012 12:50 pm

    Stunning photo, Lou

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