Yunona hiked Mt. Elbert at the age of 50 month with no hand support (except at stream crossing) from the lower 2WD trailhead in 12 miles, 4800 ft elevation gain hike
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A night before the hike Yunona, Alice and Lena slept in a car near campground
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The hike did not started perfect as Yunona had some blisters after hiking near Maroon Bells the day before. We lost at least an hour while Lena returned to the car and got medical tape and some other socks for Yunona
During the hike we had seen about 100 hikers, with the youngest hiker of 8 years of age. Responding to my question she admitted that it is her first 14-er. No one else younger than 14-15 had been seen. People were descending as we approached the summit. The thunderstorm had a fear chance to start soon.
However we decided to go up until the storm would begin. There still was about an hour and a half of hiking to the summit. On the south side the sky was brighter.
We rested about 14000ft before the final push. Unusually Few people expressed much admiration for Yuna but one hiker asked permeation to take a picture of me carrying Alice to show it to his friend who stopped hiking because of parenting.
The last 30-10 min was hard for Yunona, but she did not whined at all. When we get really close to the ridge ( 10 min to the top) she cheered and speeded up
First 5-7 min Yuna was a bit frozen on a summit but later she start having fun with Alice who was happy to get out of the "basket." Just one lady with 2 sons summited a bit after us. The way down was routine, just in time to hit car before the dusk. 13 hours on a trail. How could Lena drive 200 miles to Colorado National Monument just after this?
Overall the combination of Black Canyon of Gunnison NP (bellow the image of Painted wall) and Maroon Bells (next image) with Elbert and Colorado NM was one of the best long (3-day) weekends that we ever had.