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Epilogue Colorado 2015

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Trip Sampler Overall, we got a taste of everything on this trip! 

-Staying at a hostel at 10,000 feet -Hiking 14ers of the Colorado Rockies -Backpacking and camping up to 11,600 feet -Class 3 hike to a 14ers -Camping in ghetto campsite -Multi-pitch rock climbing up to 9,000 feet
Acclimatizing
I will never put someone else's need for lower, split-trip costs over my health, ever again! I learned the hard way when I agreed to this trip. We flew out of Boston Logan on a Saturday and was climbing a 14er the very next day. With Asthma it was tough breathing for me....and I wanted so much to summit more peaks on the trip but didn't get to. Next time I will budget to play tourist for a week or so, even if I'm on my own to do so...... and then climb/hike.
Physical Therapy I had bruised my left knee badly before my trip to Colorado and for 4 weeks leading up this trip, I was in physical therapy twice per week. It paid off as not once did my left knee hurt at all. I did wear my neoprene knee br…

Day 9 Colorado 2015

Ramada Plaza, Denver Central Got up and had a really good appetite for breakfast. So it’s a good thing breakfast was at 6am. The place isn’t fancy, but the breakfast spread here is, surprisingly, not too shabby – skimpy continental breakfast, NOT! Yogurt, cottage cheese, smoked sausage links, ham slices (no bacon), home fries, scrambled eggs, mixed fruit, variety of breads, hot/cold cereals, jams/jellies, peanut butter, and make-your-own-waffles were available buffet style.
We left the Ramada at 7:30am and on the way to the airport we returned our car rental. Our flight went on without any glitches and it was early by a few minutes. It was hot in Boston and Jeff, Geoff and I remarked how much we were going to miss the cooler temps of Colorado. Can’t believe how quickly 9 days went by. Would love to spend more time in the Rockies!

Goodbye Colorado!!!

Schooldaze - Multi Pitch Rock Climbing (Day 8 Colorado 2015)

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Schooldaze (5.5 ) – Multi pitch rock climbing Elevation Gain: 450 feet Turret Dome – 8,620 ft

This morning we rose early to pack up and head out to the Turret Dome of Eleven Mile Canyon. I slept really well in this campsite! Actually, I slept better than any other night on this trip. :)  Which is a good thing since we were climbing this morning. We stopped off at a local convenience store and stocked up on breakfast, coffee and hiking food.
At the canyon, we parked at the picnic parking lot, geared up and crossed the footbridge over the South Platte River. We turned left onto the grassy area and followed a trail upstream. There were already many families out picnicking and fishing in this location. I couldn’t resist smiling and saying good morning to those that were along the banks fishing! 
Turret Dome

There was no one on the Dome!! Well, actually there were 3 other climbers who had come in after us but they jumped ahead of us onto the Schooldaze route by crossing over from the Knup route.…

Day 7 Colorado 2015

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Our last morning of this gorgeous view!
Camping at the South Colony Lake was truly an amazing experience. Every morning I got up and found it to be so peaceful to be surrounded by the mountains. How could you not enjoy the views? The light here at any time of the day was incredible! 
We left our South Colony Lake campsite today to head out to the Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area. We were all packed and headed out at 8:30am. Instead of descending the trail we came up on 3 days earlier, we descended the shorter loop back to the junction. 
More gorgeous views on our descent!





There were many backpackers coming up at this time of the morning. It was a smart idea for us to get here on a Tuesday making it such a quiet 4 days and 3 nights. And to be honest, I was glad we were leaving on a Friday. Another day and there would be more folks filling the campsites which meant more noise as well. 
The hike down was long and everyone was eager to get down to the car in the lower parking lot. Kevin II t…

Day 6 Colorado 2015

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Today we pretty much had to ourselves. Jeff, Geoff and Kevin got off to an early start. Originally they were going to climb the Ellington Arete (5.7) on Crestone Needle. But they chose to do the Class 3 hike (scramble) to the summit of Crestone Needle instead. Kevin II bagged Humboldt solo. And I hiked solo, attempting Mt. Humboldt. Such a fine day for peakbagging!
So I woke up this morning to some chewed-up trekking poles. Kevin II let me have some first aid tape to fix 'em up. Kevin's climbing rope and backpack shoulder straps also got chewed up!
At the Upper Lake 12,000 ft
Along the trail
Marmot


The saddle from 13,000 feet


Mt. Humboldt summit from 13,000 feet. I got up to 13,000 feet and didn't like the looks of the clouds that were coming in from the distance. So I turned back and headed back down to our campsite.












Upper Colony Lake below Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak


Day 5 Colorado 2015

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Love the morning light here!
Today was an easy day of exploring. Jeff gave us the tour of the Upper Lake at 12,000 feet. Geoff, Kevin and his son Kevin attempted Mt. Humboldt but ended up turning around before the summit due to impending weather. On my way back to our campsite I spoke with Katie. She and her husband Bob are owners of The Mixing Bowl in downtown Salida. They were on their way to do some fishing in the Upper Lake. The lake is stocked with Cutthroat Trout.

Enjoy some photos taken of our day.
Our views at breakfast every morning
Flowers along the brook



This is the trail you take for the Class 3 hike to Crestone Needle summit! Crestone Needle Standard Route




At the Upper Lake 12,000 ft
Sunning Marmot

These guys blend in with the rocks!

Bob on his way to enjoy some fly fishing