Trudging Up to Fly Down Brian Head Peak in Utah
When climbing an 11,300 foot peak every foot begins to matter. Slowly intensifying with each step, stomping down and smothering whatever nonsensical thinking led you to attempt to hike so high only to ski or snowboard right back down. At the top it feels like someone took jagged thinning sheers to your lungs. The reward comes first in the view, a cracked open earth-flavored jawbreaker, titled on its side, spanning past the blinding snow, towards the emerald pines and finally onto crimson deserts on the horizon. After the eye candy loses its flavor, the most succulent part remains. The hard fought powdery distance between you and the top of Brian Head Resort hasn’t been touched in weeks.