Race to the summit

How a little bit of pain can go a long way

by Barbara Platts

Aspen Untucked

Aspen Times Weekly December 2014


"They" Say there is...

no such thing as a completely selfless act. That even in gestures of kindness for a friend or someone in need, one still feels pleasure and pride for their actions. They pat themselves on the back for all of the good they have done.

But on Saturday night, while shuffling my cumbersome and unprepared thighs up Aspen Mountain at roughly 5:30 p.m. in 35 degree and below temperatures, I was almost positive that "they" had no idea what the hell they were talking about. I could not seem to derive any pride or pleasure from my current situation, despite the fact that I was doing it for a worthy cause: the ninth annual Summit for Life, which benefits the Chris Klug Foundation.