Mary, I began, years ago,( back in the 60's) hiking in the Rockies and Wind Rivers, following the stories of Louis l"Amour. Later in life, when I lived in Aurora,, I fondly remember hiking the 14'eeners as dead last, with the rest of the Florida contingent, where encouragement was offered, thinly veiled as threats when the flatlanders failed to keep up.
God, having been raised at 100 degrees F and 90 - 99 % humidity, just how do you people out west exist without air that you can actually feel?
As for your story here posted, I offer thanks to yourself and co-author David for allowing me to read the entirety of the tale. So much more is evident when limitations are not imposed and I quite fail to see where an opinion can be formulated without beholding the full scope of the work. Thank you both.
Yes, if you have time, please read the entirety of '...Walter Clements'. I promise that the tale will not disappoint, although, following your own example, I shall not beg for support. If you like my work, then I thank you and it is all the reward I seek. RT