“Revenue” Mountain

     Alright, alright. We aren’t really sure if it was, in fact, Revenue Mountain that we climbed, but it sure was fun! Just the the getting there made for some great pictures and amazing memories. One of my personal favorites was created during the drive back to Colorado with Bekah. Because we had stopped to smell the sunflowers, my car was left parked on the far side of the interstate. A cop just happened to drive by, become suspicious, and begin questioning. Luckily, I was able to sweet talk myself out of any trouble (okay, there was no trouble, but it just sounds more interesting…). Here are some of the best pictures from the week in the Mountains with Bek and Ang:

 

Such a nice surprise after 8 hours of driving. Some where between Salina and Colby, KS.

Such a nice surprise after 8 hours of driving. Some where between Salina and Colby, KS.

 

Our lovely campsite. Bekah was amazed by how "cold" the mountains get in August. The answer to the chills? Hot tang!!!

Our lovely campsite. Bekah was amazed by how "cold" the mountains get in August. The answer to the chills? Hot tang!!!

It's not as gross as it looks... but it's not that tasty either.

It's not as gross as it looks... but it's not that tasty either.

 

There were several little mines around the area. The water was coppery and had a slightly pungent odor. (Well, it may have been the bear scat found surrounding the area. Leave? No way!)

There were several little mines around the area. The water was coppery and had a slightly pungent odor. (Well, it may have been the bear scat found surrounding the area. Leave? No way!)

 

Another cute little mine. What is left of it, that is.

Another cute little mine. What is left of it, that is.

 

The view from the (almost) top. We actually never made it due to poor signage/directions, a disgruntled goat, and about 2 hours worth of climbing up the crumbling scree.

The view from the (almost) top. We actually never made it due to poor signage/directions, a disgruntled goat, and about 2 hours worth of climbing up the crumbling scree.

 

We came this far... and then we headed back down the chute of death.

We came this far... and then we headed back down the chute of death.

 

After a great day of hiking, time for some exploring on the front range! Here is quirky, quiet Georgetown, Colorado.

Me and Bekah after a great day of hiking, time for some exploring on the front range! Here is quirky, quiet Georgetown, Colorado.

Idaho Springs, Colorado. Just in time for Beau Joes Mountain Pies!!!

Idaho Springs, Colorado. Just in time for Beau Joes Mountain Pies!!!

On our way out of town. This is why I love Colorado ;)

On our way out of town. This is why I love Colorado 😉

3 February 2009. Tags: , , , , . Hiking/Backpacking. Leave a comment.

Mt. Belford: My First Fourteener!

            Here is a breakdown of Mt. Belford. At 14,197 feet, this guy was a killer in the Collegiate peaks. I was hardly adjusted to the altitude (not to mention slightly out of shape) when we trekked into the wide world of collegiate fourteeners. We arrived in the Collegiate wilderness area the night before our hike up and were concerned by the looming clouds overhead. In the morning, the rain pushed back our ascent by about an hour, but by 9 am, we were eager to go. fast forward to 12pm: Angela and I were almost dead with exhaustion. If you have never breathed on small amounts of oxygen, you will never understand the burning feeling that accompanies each minor movement. When we finally reached to summit, the view took a backseat to the yummy looking rock were we stretched out to “nap.” After a semi-recovery, a lunch of delicious bagged food, and a signing of the summit list, we headed back down toward the comforts of car cushions and hot tang. Oh yes, it was hard, but hard is hardly an excuse for not going. Here are some of the best pictures of the hike and summit. Enjoy! (click on any picture to enlarge)

 

 

31 January 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Hiking/Backpacking. Leave a comment.