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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

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 hur

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

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 Comfy chair worth carrying in!