The Summit of Mount Elbert



Summiting the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 14,439 feet turned out to be a true test of perseverance. My good friend Patrick and I set off on this adventure from the South Mount Elbert Trailhead at 7 in the morning. The first few miles of trail confluence with the Colorado Trail and then with the Continental Divide Trail. It started out as a pleasant hike, through a forest of white aspen trees and over roaring streams.

Once we reached the tree line at an elevation of around 12,000 feet and entered the Alpine zone of the mountain the hike started to be substantially more difficult. I live at an elevation of only 554 feet and not being climatized to the area, the elevation in the Alpine zone was taking a toll on Patrick and I. It seemed about every ten paces we had to stop and catch our breath. It went on like that for miles and it got worse as we climbed to ever-higher elevations. We could see others on the trail as mere specks in the distance. Once we would reach where they were, thinking we had reached the summit only to see more people further in distance as yet more specks. We continued this routine of constantly catching our breath thinking we were closer to the end only to be met with more specs countless times, but when we finally reached the summit of the mountain the views were worth struggle.

360 View of Mount Elbert Summit
The trek to the summit and decent Mount Elbert took us 12 hours and over that time my perseverance was tested more than once and it even began to test mine and Patrick's friendship. The trek from our starting point of an elevation of 9560 feet at the South Mount Elbert Trailhead was about 11 and a half miles round trip with an elevation gain of 4879 feet. There were a good three times where I fully considered turning back and I probably would of if I would have realized just how much further we had still to go. After getting back to Patrick's place in Denver we spent the next full day just lazily recovering. It was good times and definitely an adventure!


Clicking on the picture above and following the link with let you see a 360-degree view of the summit of Mount Elbert. Click and drag your mouse to look around view or use your arrow keys. Below is an Instagram post with more pictures from the trip that I hope you enjoy.


Graduation!



I graduated with my Bachelor's in finance the other day. I was blessed to have some of my friends and family there to help me celebrate. I owe my success to not only my own hard work but also to their support and the support of my professors. I don't know exactly where I'll end up, but for now, I'm going to pursue a master's degree. Looking forward to the next chapter in life. 🎉🎓📜

To the right is a video of the commencement ceremony. I have it set to skip right to the good part. Below are just a few a photos from afterward.


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Alaca20 vs. Jeremy_Presley



I am progressively getting better at chess. My ranking is officially above 1000. I feel so accomplished.

Archaeoastronomy - Class Trip



I wanted to share with y'all a few pictures from the trip I took with my Archaeoastronomy class to the Mesa Verde National Park and the Chaco Culture National Historical Park. It was very interesting to learn about the astronomical alignments of these sites and others in the class. It was amazing to actually be able to visit a few of the places we learned about in lecture. Even more amazing to have the professor as practically the best tour guide you could ever ask for, to show us around. Highly recommend the class to anyone and everyone. 🏔️🔭

Photos from my trip to the Mesa Verde, and Chaco Culture National Parks. ⛰️🏔️⛰️

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25th Annual Veteran's Vigil



      It was an honor to be a recipient of this year's ASTP Memorial Scholarship, which was presented to me during the Veteran Vigil opening ceremony. Student veteran Robert Duncan and I, who also received the scholarship, acted as student chairs for the Vigil Committee and co-hosted the Veteran's Vigil ceremonies.

It was a great and solemn event which was focused on honoring the Afghanistan (OEF) and Iraq (OIF) veterans that attend the university and those that are part of the local community as well honoring all veterans, POW's, and MIA's of every war. The Vigil flame was lit during the opening ceremony and remain constantly burning for 24 hours as student veterans stood guard and volunteers continuously read the names of fallen and missing veterans from the war of terror.

There was so much more and there is too many individuals and groups to mention in this short blurb but the event was successful due to the hard work and devotion of many people. It easily filled me with patriotism and pride not only for the nation but for my school and the people here.

Photographs were taken by Kristen Taylor a Staff Photographer for the university's newspaper 

Annual Scholarship Banquet




It was a pleasure and an honor to attend this year's scholarship banquet put on by the College of Business at my University. The theme for the event was "A Night at the Oscars", so I had a lot of fun guessing the name of the movie that the musical score playing in the background was from. There were a lot from Steven Spielberg's work so they were pretty easy to guess correctly.

It was a good night with good people and good food. They even gave me a thing. It's pictured on the right, well it's also on the left but you get a better look of it on the right.

My Cat Named Cat



I can never post enough about this cat of mine. The noises he makes when he's hunting his sock monkey are just hilarious.

Cat is so majestic. He's a born killer if you ask me. 😹 #Cat #catsofinstagram #sockmonkey

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