I went south this weekend and hiked into Willow Lake to climb Challenger Point (14.081) and Kit Carson Peak (14.165). It was an incredible hike and both mountains were great climbs. The camping at the lake wasn’t that bad either… Here is a video of the trip and a few pictures as well. I’ll upload a full gallery in a bit.
Ticked 2 14ers off the list this morning. Greys Peak (14.270) and Torreys Peak (14.267) are near Denver, off of I-70.
Here is a little video. Thats definitely the closest I’ve ever been to a ptarmigan (a semi-rare alpine bird that hops around).
Trevor and I have had a rough few days fishing. After unnsuccesful attempts at Grand Lake, and then Brainard/Red Rock Lake, we went down to Rocky Mountain Angler (local fly store, incredible, do go) and asked for help.
Brian told us some great places to check out in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as a few lakes in the Indian Peaks which are still frozen solid. Last night we went back to Brainard to try out the new flies and see if our timing, right around sunset, would help.
The fish were definitely rising, but I didn’t have the right size fly. The hatch is still tiny, and I was fishing something that kind of looked like what was flying/landing above the water, but was about 3 times too large. The frustrating thing was seeing the fish hit my fly, just to figure out it was indeed fake, and spit it out.
We took the Hero and got some cool video, were hoping to make a fishing epic by the end of the summer. Now we just need to catch something.
Attempting Mt Neva’s north ridge for the fourth time tomorrow morning. I’m leaving Boulder at 4 am so I’ll have plenty of time to hike up there before any storms start building (I hope).
Hopefully I can edit this post with a picture of me on top.
It’s done! Scratch Mt. Neva off the list.
I thought this new Jeep ad was awesome, plus the new Grand Cherokee looks incredible.
From the Archives: 1959 First Ascent of Mt. McKinley’s West Rib (via High Places: The Blog of the American Alpine Club Library)
This is a blog post I wrote over the last 2 weeks at the AAC library. Make sure you check out the pictures on Flickr, they look incredible for being 51 years old (to the day!).