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Our winter ascent of Mt Bierstadt

2 Jan

Woke up at 530am. On the road at 615am. Threw some Explosions In The Sky on while driving west out of Denver


We finally get up into Aprapaho Natl Forest around 8am

The road was closed so we didn’t get to drive to the trailhead. We strapped on snow shoes and had to hike 1.5 miles of switchback mountain road just to get on the trail. Notice the road sign behind me.

To cut a few switchbacks out we set off straight up a few hills. Here’s looking down one of them that w came up.

That peak way back there is where we were headed.

On the way we passed through the highest elevation marsh in CO



As we got higher the snow shoes had to come off and the cleats went on

We came from below that tree line on the lower right

Sawtooth Ridge in the background

We didn’t actually go all the way up. Because of the extra 1.5 mile run-up we were behind schedule. If we peaked then we’d be coming down by headlamp. With no competition and nothing to prove we turned around just above 13,000ft and went to a bar

Oh and here’s what it looks like when someone goes from 600′ (TX) to 13,000′ overnight.

Anyway this was the motivation. It’s amazing what a guy will do for a beer.



Other misc pics

Hike up Grey Rock (CO)

7 Sep

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
— John Muir

I guess it’s no coincidence that during my last trip to FoCo I happened to be reading a collection of John Muir’s writings… that guy was on to something.

“In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world—the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware.”

Grey Rock is about 25 miles NW of Fort Collins. Summit loop up, Meadows loop down, 7.5 miles and 2515 ft total roundtrip elevation gain (1883′ net).

You start down low on the north side of the Poudre river, snake through some valleys and heavy pines before it opens up and then battle some good steep stuff, boulders, etc near the peak. The trip down the other way takes you through the Grey Rock Meadow and eventually back to the river.

Sunrise start at the Poudre:

Starting in heavy pine, spruce, etc for the first part of the trip

Sun still trying to force its way down into the valleys

Finally opening up and giving a view of where we were headed

Starting to get a bit rockier

But the views are getting better!

Just below the peak is a damn fine looking pond

Finally getting up on top

And then the trip down through the Grey Rock Meadow and through the aftermath of the ’04 Picnic Rock fire

Another view of where we just were

Making our own trails

And finally back to the Poudre where we started

Maybe next time we’ll do Long’s?

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