"There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains. Lifted high above the level of human sounds and habitations, among the wild expanses and colossal features of Nature, we are thrilled in our loneliness with a strange fear and elation – an ascent above the reach of life's expectations or companionship, and the tremblings of a wild and undefined misgiving."
-Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
My name is Kim and I am materials engineering student at Colorado school of mines in Golden, Colorado. About 4 years ago my life was in complete shambles. I was addicted to alcohol and prescription pills and in a horrible relationship. I decided to change my life and enrolled in community college and bought a pair of trail runners. Where they took me helped me discover a core of inner strength I never knew I had. I started mountaineering around three years ago and fell head over heels in love with mountains. The bond and connection I have to large hunks of rock is unlike anything I have ever known. Today I am on a full scholarship to one of the best engineering schools in the nation trying to discover a biopolymer that will take the place of oil based plastics. I am doing this because of all the trash I pick up on trail when I climb/run. I want to give back to the planet that gave me so much and leave a healthy planet to future generations.
We are wild. We are made from the elements of earth. In a world cluttered with technology, impersonal relations, and noise, getting lost in the mountains is my way of connecting with who I truly am....a strong wild spirit. It isn't just about pushing myself or the summit view, it is about living as I was meant to live .... Free