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2015: Aloha 'Oe!

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Mt. Sherman - 14,036ft
What a year it has been for me! I got a lot of climbing in, especially multi-pitch climbing!
The winter brought lots of ice climbing at Mt. Willard. I had the best opportunity to second my buddy Jeff as he took me on many of the ice climbs on Mt. Willard. 
Cinema Gully
The Cleft
Jeff and I at the base of Upper Hitchcock

I did many more multi-pitch climbing well into the Spring. In all to get prepared for climbing in Colorado! I and 4 buddies (Jeff, Geoff, Kevin and Kevin), spent 9 days in the gorgeous Colorado Rockies! I got to summit a 14,000 footer (Mt. Sherman) and multi-pitch rock climb in the 11-Mile Canyon. But backpacking and camping 5 days and 4 nights in the wilderness was my favorite part of the trip....it was absolutely glorious!    

Mt. Sherman summit
Crestone Needle & Crestone Peak Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Exploring the Upper Lake at 12,000 feet
Multi pitch climbing at 11 Mile Canyon

Once back home, I hiked a bit more to get ready for my Mt. Katahdin hi…

Day 2 Colorado 2015

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Every mountain has a story....here's mine... My first Colorado 14er! Mt. Sherman "Shaka" from the summit!
Mt. Sherman (14,036 ft) Colorado’s 45th highest rank peak Central Mosquito Range Iowa Gulch Trail (along the West Slopes)
Distance: 4.6 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 2,036 ft
Yesterday we took a ride up to the Iowa Gulch trailhead for Mt. Sherman. Just 10 minutes after getting there I got a massive headache, it was bad enough to make me feel nauseas. Before going to sleep last night  I took some Ibuprofen and when  I awoke this morning my headache was gone. I didn’t want to go hiking as I thought the original plan was to acclimate for a few days. But Jeff assured me that since I awoke with no headache, I would be fine hiking.
At the trailhead I was fine and we started up. There were folks on the ridge to the summit, with more folks coming up behind us as well as from the Class 1 Fourmile Creek Trail. It was a beautiful, blue-sky day and the weekend, so crowds were expected. …