Catching up--or revising history--again. My wife's first 14er; my 9th (I think). An amazingly warm day for October.
Drove so high (in a 2WD vehicle) that it was a "cheat. One day I'll repeat it, and do 3,000 ft. Saw a rabbit the size of a goat on the way down.
Via fourmile creek. Crappy weather.
Made it after an unsuccessful attempt the previous day due to weather. Got stormy during descent. Probably the easiest fourteener.
Did this as a trail run from the gate. First big storm of the season was blowing in, 50mph gusts along the ridge... I guess no more running shoes this year. Not the most inspiring mountain I've climbed, but any day out is a nice day out :-)
From mine gate in drizzle and fog
It was a pretty climb, and the marmots were restless.
It was a nice easy climb through the clouds, then at 13,500' we emerged above the clouds. Beautiful view!
Nice hike. Pretty views.
A work friend invited us along to climb Mt. Sherman (the day before I did the Bolder Boulder). This was originally my 3rd 14er, and we had climbed it from the Leadville side, so climbing from Alma seemed like fun to us!
We hiked up on a sunny cool May morning, and had the pleasure of glissading down almost 1000 feet - what a way to descend a peak.
1st 14r w/ CP0915 with great views and met an awesome family w/ a wired haired pup that was rad!
Took a newbie climber with me today up Mt Sherman. We knew the weather wouldn't be the greatest today, as lightning storms pelted the mountains during our trip to Fairplay from Col Springs before dawn. Made the gate at 6:45AM and the trail was clear and the night rain had just quit (the lightning stopped at 6AM -- phew!). Turns out snow fell on the higher elevations the night before! We weren't 100% prepared for snow but pressed anyway at 7:30. Met the snow at about 12,700ft, and was amazed at the mining buildings still standing. We had virgin snow all the way to the summit, which we made at 9:15AM amongst snow clouds which were wanting to burst at the seems. Sat around and waited for the second group to join us, then we started down. Almost immediately the snow and wind kicked up, and realized that the virgin snow was quickly being pressed into ice by the other climbers. Good thing we were first on the summit! Anyway, around 13,500ft, the snow turned to a rain/snow/hail mix (harder than groppel) and pelted us til we got back to the mining buildings. Ironically, the trail head was nice and sunny, and made it down before 11AM. Not a bad first 14er for my young friend, and this made my 8th. So, let's recap: lightning, rain, snow, virgin snow, fog, snow/rain/hail mix, hard rain, sunny.
So, remember the storm that pelted us on the way down? We made it to Fairplay an hour later and sat at my favorite American/Chinese restaurant (anyone eat there?) and that storm had gotten very very angry. For about 15 minutes while we ate, the restaurant was host to a torrential downpour. Made it back to Colorado Springs, and I swear the same storm pelted my house with lightning and hard rain for another 20-30 minutes 4 hours later.
Great climb today!
Nice hike through the clouds. Wanted to head over to Gemini, but wasn't sure what the weather was going to do.
Easy warm-up for Capitol Pk dayhike the next day. Met a nice family with a couple dogs on the summit.
This was my niece and nephew's first 14er. Sophia is 8 and Kyler is 10 and they did great, no complaints and a lot of smiles. My wife Cinda and I, along with the kid's parents, Hege and Craig, had a nice morning's walk to the summit from Four Mile Creek.
Left the car at 11,200 or so and made the summit in 2.5 hrs. Had the top to ourselves around 7am with a cold Dales Pale.
Tried to get my dad to summit on this one but he turned back at around 13K'. Went to the top then ran up Sheridan before the weather moved in.
good acess trained for Denali wit hZSheridan and Gemini. Need to go back for the Horseshoe.
Another one in the bag!
Fifth fourteener. Went from the Iowa Gulch trailhead...not too crowded until the trail merged with Fourmile Creek. Enjoyable hike, but was just as busy as Saturday trips to Bierstadt and Quandary.