You sit at the foot of white capped mammoths, eyes stretched around the magnitude beauty of Mount Elbert, Massive, Harvard and Bianca Peak. You are looking at the wall along the west. You stand where minors once stood, some with sacks of gold, where pioneers took a deep breath before taking the next step forward. Once within montane and subalpine zones, you find yourself among grazing elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. An ecosystem which thrives off of snow banked rivers that run along Ponderosa and Lodgepole Pines and full Douglas Firs. The great divide between the prairies and the wild west where Jurassic tectonic shifts shove rocky peaks toward the heavens.