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]

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]

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]