Category Archives: Hiking

Mount Rainier

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)

Grays Peak Trail

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…

Via Ferrata

I survived!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
The Via Ferrata of Telluride is super fun. I’ll redo it without hesitation.
A gorgeous day in Telluride, Colorado

Flanders & Adrian; climbing partners for this little challenge

Some climbers on the wall

More climbers

Flanders leading the way

One of the technical passage.

View from below; climbers (top / center) onย the Via Ferrata

Little Bear Peak

There are 58 Peaks of +14000ft in Colorado. I’ve now hiked / climbed 57 of them. Culebra Peak (the private 14er) is left. I have mixed feelings about paying $150 for the permit and the place is closed for the season anyway so I have to wait for October 1st.

Little Bear peak is a whole different animal compared to the other Colorado 14ers. Very short in terms of distance but very steep. There are essentially three parts;
1) An 800ft climb in a steep gully full of rocks
2) A long hike on the southern slope going up 1000ft
3) Final climb through the infamous ‘Hourglass’

I met a group of climbers on my way up so I had some good company for most of the climb.