After hiking up Bear Peak, Boulder last Saturday and Morrison Peak last Sunday I thought I’d climb my first 14er of 2019
Guanella Pass being closed I had to start at Naylor Lake Trailhead so it took a little bit longer than usual; 7:30 hour total for a 10.5 miles RT
Cold & windy. About 0 degree Fahrenheit with a windchill at -17F at the summit. Deep snow in the plain. I was sinking 2ft into the snow even with snowshoes on.
- Hike along th South Mesa Trail near Boulder, Colorado
- Photos of the Full Moon from last night
- Also, trying out my new bread machine (Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso) with this recipe
Flour 447g Bob’s Red Mill Artisan Bread
Heavy Cream 40ml Horizon Organic
Salt 10g Morton Sea Salt
Yeast 9g SAF Red Instant Yeast
Salted Butter 45g European Style Salted Butter
Diastatic Malt Powder 10g King Arthur
Dec 25th / Dec 26th
16 miles RT of snowshoeing along the Cascade Trail towards Crater Lake. The goal was to get a winter photo of Lone Eagle Peak but the weather turned badly yesterday so I couldn’t see any of the peaks. I’ll try again soon…
Note: I’ve never seen that much snow in Colorado.
Small bridge with snow.
Along Cascade Trail.
Mountain tops in the clouds.
Digging 2 or 3 feet of snow to setup camp.
Melting snow for my morning coffee 🙂
Leaving my Christmas campsite behind…
A short hike up St Mary’s Glacier, Colorado
Low snowy cloud and lots of wind.
Not the greatest setup for a hike but very good for my training 🙂
Square Top Mountain is not quite a 14er at 13900ft but great 7.5 mile hike nonetheless. It was actually more difficult than Mount Bierstadt for some reason. Fantastic views of Grays & Torreys from the summit.
Sunrise over Mount Bierstadt
View of Square Top Mountain in the distance from below the lake
Argentine Peak in the foreground. Grays and Torreys Peak in the background.
Mount Bierstadt, Sawtooth path and Mount Evans on the other side of Guanella Pass.
Rough hike up Mt Bierstadt, Colorado on Sunday morning.
Very windy & cold but good workout
I rarely plan my vacation time in advance but I’m making an exception for 2019
I just signed up for an expedition to climb Mount Rainier in Washington.
I remember the first time I saw a photo of a mountain called Cerro Aconcagua in early 2009 my first thought was; “I have to climb that mountain.” After 5 months of training (2 hour daily workout + 20 Colorado 14ers) getting my weight down to a ridiculous 132 pounds I went for it and reached the summit at 22,841ft on December 17th, 2009.
Mount Rainier is a much simpler and easier climb but it should give me some good snow experience. The end goal is to climb Mount Denali, Alaska in 2020.
Cerro Aconcagua (The very same photo I saw in 2009)
Little revenge after last week 🙂
Magnificent hiking day. Perfect weather.
This time I made it to the summit. Snowshoes + Gaiters definitely helped.
Blue Colorado sky
Along the trail to Grays Peak. I turned around about a mile away from the summit at 12500ft. I wasn’t really expecting that much snow. Towards the end I was knee deep in snow if not worse. Time to start carrying winter gear I guess…
I’m glad I have that Jeep. The road up to the trailhead was a bit challenging…
Old house is still standing after all these years…