Temple Wild
~ Boulder River Wilderness - Of Mother Earth & Father Sky ~

Temple Wild - Boulder River Wilderness - from Three Fingers Mtn. Ken James McLeod

Three Fingers Mtn. - Stairway To Heaven - July 1981 (Big Bear & Liberty Mtn. Peak - Boulder River Wilderness) From Tin Can Gap there was no further trail found, no man tracks, we (Martin Jensen & I) were snow bound. We traversed across the upper glacier unroped on a wing and a prayer, for any slip would certainly come a great injury, perhaps even death for the glacier abyss sped away a 1,000 feet or so. In my mind the 1971 hit song "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin rang over and over again. At the Col, we breathed a sigh of relief, and stepped upon the final snowfield that led to the final pitch of 3 old ladders and a rope just below the Lookout. Atop the airy perch I steadied the old German Rolleiflex camera I had always packed on my back, and took this photo above the clouds. About dusk, haggard & spent, we returned back to Martin's Datson truck (est. 16 miles round trip) but fulfilled with the days alpine hike & climb; me still with the song in my head...

- In memory of my good friend Martin Jensen (61) Sept. 18, 1952 - January 26, 2013 -

My church is within the oldest temple of the world; has no stained-glass windows and no doors, is open to all worshipers. Its sermon is not preached for monetary gain, but is given freely in solace to those souls who feel power in prayer no matter your chosen God. There is no church doctrine. So it is that I seek Temple Wild: where forests, mountains, rivers and sky talk to my soul, where I am one with the universe and my God...


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