Allison and I met Scott and Amy on Friday night near Leadville and we all settled into a campsite on the very busy Halfmoon road. Saturday morning we got up drove the last few miles to the N. Halfmoon Trailhead by 7:00am.
Their baby girl, Esme, had just turned 8 months old and this would be her first 14er.
At the trailhead is a memorial for four men that had lost their lives in a plane accident in August 2009.
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We headed up the southwest slopes route of Mount Massive. This trail has been improved in recent years and is in really great shape.
Pretty amazing step work done by the CFI.
Looking back down from where we had come. That's Colorado's highest peak, Mt. Elbert, in the background.
The gang heading up. It was an amazingly perfect morning. And despite Scott carrying an additional ~25 pounds, we passed many parties on our way up.
Over there is high 13er Mount Oklahoma. After reaching the summit of Massive I'd later continue over there to it's summit to reach my 97th summit of Colorado's highest 100 summits.
Esme, in her stylish toddler sunglasses, catches a quick snack before the summit push.
Allison, in her stylish adult sunglasses, also fuels up a bit for the summit push.
Scott and Amy cranking away with impressive Elk range way back there in the distance.
Turquiose Lake and Leadville as seen from near the summit of Massive.
Mount Massive summit shot, 14,421', 10:02am. Clearly, a beautiful day.
A panoramic looking towards "North Massive" and the ridge over to Mount Oklahoma (far left). At 10:20am, I headed over there while Allison, Scott, Amy and Esme headed back down the way we had come.
On "North Massive"'s summit at 10:50am. There wasn't a summit register on Massive but there was one here. However, it was completely soaked. Given the awesome weather forecast and relatively early hour, I laid it out and anchored it with rocks so it could dry.
Summit photo on "North Massive", 14,340', with Mount Oklahoma in the background.
Fun ridge cruising over to Mount Oklahoma.
The Halfmoon Lakes and Massive over there on the left.
This was almost the low point of the ridge. I descended another 100' to 13,100' before heading back up towards the summit.
Looking back at the ridge from "N. Massive". It was a fun ridge scramble with most of the route being on the ridge's west side.
Summit photo on Mount Oklahoma, 13,845', at 12:09pm.
Dan Hadlich wuz here on 8/11/07.
I love the last entry here... "My 2nd 14er". Mt. Oklahoma's summit elevation is 13,845'.
Back on the solid N. Halfmoon trail at 1:15pm. I descended, more or less, the standard route on Mt. Oklahoma. It was not without incident, though. I slipped in a small gully and ended up with a gash on the inside of my left arm and a tweaked right shoulder. Lame.
A refreshing sight. Back at "the twins" at 1:50pm to find Allison, Scott, Amy and Esme enjoying a fine afternoon picnic of sorts. It was an awesome day to be out and we really enjoyed hiking with Scott and Amy for Esme's first 14er. From here, Allison and I caught some food and beer at the Eddy Line in BV and drove home while Scott and Amy headed to the trailhead for 14er Oxford to hopefully complete some unfinished business there.
When we got back to Los Alamos I showed my left-arm gash to Allison and she stated with authority that it needed stitches. A quick trip to the ER confirmed Allison's assessment and I got 14 shiny new stitches. For those of you keeping score, this was ER visit number 3 in the past year. Thankfully it was not yet again Dr. Chadwick. That was getting embarrassing.