Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mt. Columbia Trip...Jim and Lauren...July 17-19, 2009

Left Denver Fri @ noon headed to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness near Buena Vista, CO. Packed in 4.5 miles to tree-line (11,500 ft) – found a great camp site just off the main trail. Lauren has blisters on both heels but remains committed to the climb – what a trooper! Left camp Sat @ 8:30 in our attempt to summit Mt Columbia ( 14,077 ft) – long arduous climb but a well marked trail. Absolutely beautiful! Weather perfect! Made summit just before noon – called Lori plus Mom & Dad on the cell-phone! Difficult descent – loose rock & many steep pitches. Lauren & I both stumbled more than once but no serious injuries. Back in camp @ 3pm & fell exhausted into our tent for a 2 hour snooze. Bust camp Sun @ 8:30 & back to truck @ 10am. A most excellent adventure. Thank God for the beauty of His creation! Psa 121:1

Picture #1 – Jim surveying Mt Columbia from camp.
Picture #2 – On the ascent – Mt Yale in background
Picture #3 – Made summit - sweet! Mt Harvard in background
Picture #4 – For grandmommy – there were flowers everywhere
Picture #5 – A little friend we met on the way (marmot)

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