While I've hiked the Italian Dolomites, Peru's Wayna Picchu, and Yosemite's Half Dome, I was able to skirt the really scary sections, some of which are described in the Guardian today.
J.R.R. Tolkien was born 126 years ago today. His blockbuster trilogy Lord of the Rings introduced the teenage me, who was growing up in Texas suburbia, to the escapism of a well-told story.
I'm showing this photo because it's set in the Italian Alps, called the Dolomites, which is about the closest I've been to a place resembling middle earth. The hiker is Paul. We'd spent the previous night at Rifugio Tissi --- a spectacular place that --- and here we were heading for our last stop, Sebastiano.