November 2017 – a trip home; a trip to Estes Park, Colorado; wedding anniversary; other life stuff.
On September 19, 2017 Dan and I hiked Ellingwood Point and Blanca Peak. They are 14er #40 and #41 out of 58 for us and, unknowingly at the time, our last 14ers for the year (16 this summer). The mountains are now blanketed in snow – goodbye summer conditions!
Oh Lil Bear. How I’ve coveted and dreaded you. The crowning jewel of our 14er-filled summer. Also the one that spooked me the most.
Dan and I drove up to 10,000 ft on the rough and rocky Lake Como road. Lake Como is the basecamp for the 14ers Little Bear, Blanca, and Ellingwood. What a pretty area to camp for a few nights.
We hiked Mt. Lindsey on September 16, 2017. Fall has definitely made it’s appearance in the Colorado mountains – it was windy, colder, and the aspen leaves were changing to red and gold. The standard route up Mt. Lindsey gains 3,500 ft and is 8.25 miles round trip. Overall, a fun third class hike.
Over Labor Day weekend 2017 Dan and I hiked 14ers in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range. We summited Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak on Saturday and Humbolt Peak on Sunday. We took a group vote and the Crestones rank in our top five 14ers so far. Both involved fun scrambles on beautiful + mostly solid conglomerate rock. Humbolt was a mountain that involved hiking up and then down. It’s highlight was the fact that you could see the beauty of the Crestones from a good angle. Just kidding I was happy to have a hike like this after the 10 hours of struggle that was Saturday.
HI AUGUST. And hi blog. I’ve missed you. Since I last posted a few weeks ago, I attempted and failed to run a 100k,…
What’s not to like in the Medicine Bow’s Snowy Range? Heavy scented pine forests; fields of flowers in yellows, pinks, purples; and a dozen glittering alpine lakes whose only purpose seemed to be a glorious mirror for the craggy, rocky peaks above.
Week 19 in training – 45 miles of running and hiking at altitude. Highlights include 14ers (!) + the associated fun car camping. And birthday celebrations. Low lights include getting kicked/punched/scratched all night at work, and feeling some deep-seated fatigue that means taking more rest days than planned. Oh well!
Dan and I hiked Wetterhorn Peak on June 25, 2017 – my birthday (!) – 7 miles roundtrip, 3,300 ft of elevation gain, and lots of marmots.