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]

A Red Sunrise {Redcloud + Sunshine}

Exactly one week ago today we joined the masses and headed into the mountains for the holiday weekend. In an effort to stay as far away from the crowds as possible we decided to explore a new, far-from-Denver range – the San Juans. We head into the mountains at least once a week but we haven’t ventured very far south. This seemed like a great excuse to take a drive, check out a new range and hike a few mountains. We had high hopes for three summits – Redcloud Peak + Sunshine Peak and Handies Peak. The plan was to drive up to the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch trailhead and backpack a short distance up the trail to Redcloud/Sunshine then start out for the summits before dawn. If all went well on these two summits we’d relocate our campsite and head … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Mt Shavano + Tabeguache Peak

On Friday afternoon Chris suggested hiking a fourteener on Sunday morning. I had the GTIS Half on Saturday morning but really wanted to see what my tired legs could do so I started researching. I couldn’t talk anyone else into a Sunday morning hike but that didn’t stop us. Somehow we decided on another two-fer hike – Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak. You feel incredibly accomplished when you get to check off two mountains in one hike but there is a certain level of stress that comes with the hike. If you start late, if weather moves in early or if anything else goes awry you may have to abandon the second summit. This usually means you will have to re-summit the first mountain just to get the second. While the hiking is fun we are both happy to get … [Click Here For the Full Story]

The Highest Peak in CO {Mt Elbert}

We got lucky this weekend – we got to escape into the mountains for camping and hiking. We had plans with friends to camp near Twin Lakes and hike Mt Elbert…the highest mountain in Colorado. Chris still had to work on Saturday so our weekend didn’t start until we packed everything into the car at 2am and started our drive toward Leadville. The drive was actually really peaceful. There are very few people on the road at that hour of the night and the moon was huge and so bright! Driving without headlights was actually possible…for about 30 seconds at a time… We arrived at the campsite at 4am and took the term “car camping” very seriously as we did our best to catch some sleep in the car before the group got up to start our hike at 6am. … [Click Here For the Full Story]

La Plata…done right!

La Plata

Saturday’s Workout Wanda: A 9.5 mile hike…up and down a mountain! A full 4,300 foot gain! Sunday’s Workout Wanda: An 8 mile bike ride to/from work + 3 mile walk with Mom & Becky. Monday’s Workout Wanda: A mile long walk with Becky & Chris. Almost exactly one month ago we headed out on our first Colorado camping endeavor and what was supposed to be our first 14er summit. Instead we followed the wrong trail and ended up bushwhacking our way up a very steep 12-teener. Oops. At least the camping part was successful! Even a failed attempt at a 14er was fun and it gave us the confidence to head up Bierstadt by ourselves – our first successful 14er summit! Totally worth the “failed” attempt at La Plata. We are rather stubborn and were not willing to give up … [Click Here For the Full Story]