A Mountain of Misery {Missouri Mountain}

This trip report/recap/long winded photo share is a tad late but I think its perfect timing…all the misery of the vicious switch backs and never ending ridge has faded so the whining will be minimal! A few weeks ago we decided to give hiking with Paula another chance since we failed miserably at meeting her for Mount of the Holy Cross. As a federal government employee Paula had all kinds of time to kill so we picked a Monday morning for our hike up Missouri Mountain. Thinking a meet up closer to home would solve all our problems we met at the Dino Lots before 4am then headed into the mountains together. I’m not quite ready to blame my luck on Paula (she rocked my socks off on my birthday run!) but I did manage to leave my wallet at … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Hiking Holy Cross

I like to think I’m capable of planning ahead. I mean, you should see the lists I make when packing – they get color coordinated and sometimes I start them days in advance. I’m weird like that. But that doesn’t mean I always remember things. Like that one time when we left home at 1am to drive up to Vail for a 5am hike up Mount of the Holy Cross with Paula. We made it approximately 75 miles away from home (to Frisco, for the local yocals) when gas became a necessity. No big deal. Except for the fact that we both left our wallets at home and only had $0.62 in the car. Not kidding. I counted the change, that is all we had. Seeing how it was about 2:30am at this point we didn’t have a lot of … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Mt Belford + Mt Oxford = 2 Mountains in 1 Day!

We got ambitious this past weekend and decided to push our limits a bit. Initially we were just going to hike two 14ers – Mt Belford and Mt Oxford – in the same day. That is a pretty big deal of us, giving us a total of 11 miles on the mountain. A little research made it pretty obvious that it would be a great idea to backpack a few miles up the trail, camp and start hiking early. While we have gone car camping in the middle of nowhere we have never actually packed our gear into the wilderness. The trailhead was only 1.5 miles from the tree line {the highest we could safely camp with the stormy forecast} so we could pull this off, right?! We had all the gear so we decided to go for it! We … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Hiking Huron Peak

Just over a month ago Amy was visiting and preparing for her very first 14er. As soon as we got home from hiking Mt Elbert I shot Amy a message asking if she had any interest in hiking a 14er while she was out here. It didn’t take much work to talk her into it so I started researching 14ers. We had a few requirements – not too many miles, not too much exposure, not too far from Denver. We settled on Huron Peak. Huron Peak is almost 7 miles round trip if you take the North Ridge route from the Clear Creek trailhead. For the record, the trailhead is nearly 15 miles down a very bumpy gravel road. I kind of enjoyed it, if only for the entertainment I got when Chris and Amy were jostled awake! We didn’t … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Fun on a 14er…

When you have amazing weather you can’t just hike up a 14er and call it a day. You have to have a little fun with it. As we were playing around with photos Chris decided I should jump off the mountain…or at least make it look that way. So I did… …or I tried. Turns out fake jumping off a mountain isn’t the easiest thing ever. Especially when the snow gets squishy close to the edge and there really is a drop off! So I went for running instead… It was actually a lot of fun being crazy up on the top of a 14er. There was only one other group up there for the majority of the time and the summit was eerily still. This was our 4th summit and the first one we didn’t feel like we were … [Click Here For the Full Story]