18 May 2007, Happy Dance Friday! Although, at this minute I don't feel like dancing. I began my day at 0400 this morning. By 0445 we were rolling out the front gate. Yes, I know, stay inside the wire. Well, I didn't. In my 20 months (both deployments) there was something I hadn't done till this morning. The Ghar. Yes, the dreaded mountain that people just feel they need to climb, for entertainment purposes. I didn't understand why until today. Now, I know I was right to start with and I have the blisters to prove it. It really wasn't that bad. I did actually enjoy most of it. I have very little fear of climbing anything, (with the exceptions of ladders). I've scaled the outside of buildings before, some minor cliff climbing, daylight and nighttime, those sort of things. I have never really liked coming down from heights with gravity as my sole means of control. I love rappelling down the side of cliffs and zip lining, but not today, not with this mountain. So enough rambling and on with the pictures.
Those are our vehicles in the background, keep a look out for them in the following pictures.
Our goal is just past that point up there.
Still moving, now I didn't try any land speed records either.
About 3/4 of the way up, I'm tired, but still going.
The top is in sight.
Now, all I have to do is cross this and we have reached our destination. What would you do?
I found out why my assault pack was so heavy. I had a stow-away. Mr. Build-A-Bear wanted to climb the Ghar too.
The Oklahomans and their Centennial Flag.
And now with the State of Oklahoma Flag.
Ok, that was enough fun, let's get outta here.I'm back at camp and other than being completely worn out, I'm fine. Be safe and have a great day.