Pikes & Longs Peaks, Colorado (22-26 August 2007)
Todd and I departed for Colorado for 4 days to meet up with friends and family. First day was an altitude test for us both driving up Pikes Peak, elevation 14 110'. Late in the summer season, Denver and the Rocky Mountains had seen afternoon & evening storms for almost a month straight, except for the two days that we planned to camp and attempt the summit of Longs Peak, a notorious fourteener in the North of the Front Range. Tony, Micheal and James joined us for a long day's hiking, with Longs Peak being a 25.7km (16 mile) hike/climb with 4845' of vertical elevation gain from 9410' at the Trail Head to 14 255' at the summit, with 2/3 of the hike being into a gusty headwind of 30-50mph. At the end of the day, Todd, Micheal & James summited, while Tony & I turned back at the Keyhole and instead went up the Chasm, where I swam in Chasm Lake (11 800').
Aug 26, 2007