mt. bierstadt

Summit a 14’re. Done.

Yesterday, my wife and I, and a friend of ours hiked Mt. Bierstadt. To say it was more than we thought it would be (wife and I, at least) would be an understatement. “Just because it’s one of the easier ones, doesn’t mean it’s easy.” Ain’t that the truth!

That said, it was absolutely great! We got up early (6am) and were on the road, friend in tow, by about 7:15. We got to the parking area around 8:45ish, and it was already crowded, like stupid, DisneyLand, Matterhorn ride, crowded. I suppose it’s a good thing that so many Coloradans get out and hike on a Saturday, but couldn’t everyone do it, a different day?

The ascent was a bit taxing, prior to yesterday, my wife and I hadn’t gone over 12,000 ft or so. Bierdstadt was nothing like that. We parked at around 11,800ish I think, and wow what a difference starting that high vs. ending that high makes.

The bummer of it was since we didn’t exactly sprint up the mountain, we were about 3/4 when the storm rolled on, so spending time at the summit had to be nixed from the plan. The storm was a loud one, thunder rolled pretty much non stop for several minutes at a time. We summitted, took some pictures of Marmots, the scenery, the USGS Marker, and then down we went. We got about 1/8 the way down, when the hail storm started. Hail stings, like really it hurts a lot.

I ended up getting a little altitude sick coming down, which sucked big time, since it made the descent pretty much a miserable march of agony and nausea.

“A little sore” doesn’t even come close to cutting it. BUT, we did it, that’s one 14’er we can cross off our list. My summer goal of doing a 14’er, is done, and it’s only July! Maybe I should learn to pilot an airplane, or become a navy seal… or I’ll go back to writing? Yeah that might be more attainable.

3 Comments so far

  1. Valerie (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    Wow! I’m impressed.

  2. Aaron DeLay (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:26 pm

    Nice work boss!

  3. Portia (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    That’s why I don’t hike LOL!!

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