|On the Burning Bear trail|
Longs Peak, one of Colorado’s 53 14ers (a 14er is referring to a 14,000ft+ mountain summit). At the time, everyone highly advised against it so I caved and did another hike. I ended up on Mt. Audubon a 13er, 13,229FT high to be exact. I had a great time, but from the top I could see Longs – and I knew I’d be back to climb it.
weekend trip to Colorado to climb Longs. I researched the best time to climb it, and it was the month of August. I did some more research and discovered you could camp at the base of the mountain in “the bolder field”. This intrigued me, camping by the foot of a mountain, seeing the stars, then hiking to the top to see the sun rise… Sounded good to me.
I went to the Colorado wilderness camping site and searched the PDF for open dates for camping in the bolder field… no weekends were available, and most of the other days were also booked. I settled on Monday 8/28/17. After finding that date was available on the PDF I then proceeded to request the back-country permit. The form asks you to put in a 1st choice and a 2nd choice, I’m guessing because the PDF is not updated more than once a day, so it’s a possibility that someone else could also request the same date.
|First hike of the trip!|
for 2 Nights.
Geneva Park Camp Ground is located on Guanella Pass Road, on one end of the road is a town called Grant, on the other side is a town called Georgetown, and right around the middle of the road lies the trail head for Mt. Bierstadt.
and decided that would be my Sunday. That way I would have three 14ers in one trip – more is better right?
|Goats around Mt. Evans|
off to Midway Park and Ride. For $60 I stowed my car and got on the shuttle to the airport. I had checked in the night before and was class C boarding. I checked my camping back pack and sleeping bag and got through security with no issues. I had just enough time to grab some coffee – when I arrived at my gate they were already boarding A and B and I did not have to wait long. I boarded and decided to sit between 2 guys that were in the very front row. I had never sat in the front row. Problem was no overhead storage was available right at the front so I had to put my things back several rows. The pleasant thing about being in the front is that you have more leg room and in theory you get to get off first, you're also closer to the restroom. The bad thing about being in the front is that you have no seat in front of you to put your things under during take off/landing so you must put them in the overhead storage compartments, you also have no fold out trey to put your drink/book/whatever on during the flight.
|Got the tent up!|
|On the Burning Bear Trail head trils|
|Burning Bear Trail Hike|
|7:30 bed time!|
|Finally I saw what I was climbing to....|
|Traveling to Mt. Evans|
|Climbing Saw Tooth|
|Heading back down..|
|The Saw Tooth|
was quite a lot easier and faster moving. We reached to peak which was quite a bit more crowded
|14er #2 Mt. Evans|
|Awesome Bagel Sandwiches!!!|
|Sleeping in the SUV ... headache|
|Sawtooth and Bierstdt - the long decent|
|Views from climbing the previous day|
|Views from climbing the previous day|
|Hiking UP the LONG trail|
|At the trail Head - 3:30ish|
bargained for – it was 5.7 miles, and all up. Around 2000ft up. It was a LOT harder than I thought it would be. It was the longest hardest 5.7 miles I had ever climbed, partly due to my 35lb pack that was not fitted to carry the weight around my hips because it could not get tight enough to
|Longs Peak Trail to bolder field|
|The LONG trail to the bolders|
|THE KEY HOLE, finally - AND tents - the end is near!|
|Following the bulls eyes|
|The sun starting to come up before the ascent to the summit|
|Home Stretch cont.|
|14er #3 Longs Peak!|
|My tent set up in the boulders|
|Top of Longs Peak|
|Little friend on the trail down Longs|