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Hiking

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Jon, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I've been hiking as much as my schedule affords me this summer. I love getting out into the backcountry. Here are 20 pics from yesterday's hike. It started as a 12.8 mile, 2,500 vertical-foot hike to Gore Lake just to the east of Vail. We didn't make it all the way to the lake, but we will next time; we started a bit late to get all the way there. Oh well.
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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Beautiful shots. A buddy of mine just moved to Boulder, and I'm hoping to head out there in September for some big-time hiking, including my first 14er. Can't wait!
     
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    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I hiked a number of 14ers between '01 & '05. Haven't been up one since. I'm using these hikes to prep me for a monumental 19 mile, 7,000' vertical, double bagger of Mt Oxford and Mt Columbia. Hopefully sometime in September. It's gonna hurt. Bad. :cool:
     
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    I climbed Mount Whitney a couple of years ago. My knees still hurt from the trip down.
     
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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Highest I've climbed so far is 12,500 feet, in Spain - El Teide volcano on the island of Tenerife. a 14er is the next logical progression, I guess! :D
     
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    Great Photos... love the broken rock!
    What a great adventure, and great memories.
    I hiked when I was younger and loved it.
    Hopefully as my son gets older we can hike together.
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    I love that. I could live there.
     
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    Karen Species nut

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    Who is the new, cute girl?
    Nice scenery, BTW.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing!
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  13. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I think I might go to Deluge Lake on Monday. Maybe.

    The downhill is a knee killer. I usually limp for a few days after that stuff. It's brutal.


    Mt Elbert is the highest mountain in Colorado, and it's really not that bad of a hike. It's well traveled, but the view from the top is unbelievable. I highly recommend it for a first 14er.

    I call it Crack Rock. :D


    Me too. It's at the east end of the Vail Valley, so storms *dump* snow there in the winter. The mountains at the end of the valley are 12-13,000', so they squeeze the moisture out of the clouds.


    That's Sarah. She & I have been great friends for 18 years.
     
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    Glad you are out, enjoying the hiking.
    Just torturing you about Sarah...
    But, you knew that!

    Hope all is well!
    *smooch*
     
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    I miss hiking...as soon as I get my life back together I am getting back out n the trails!! Looks like a grand time was had!!
     
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    You ain't done no REAL hiking until

    you've done the Appalachian Trail, cowboy! Variously 1200-1800 miles of
    pure torture...depending on which map you choose to believe. I've done it
    twice; one through and one sectional. For reference real Bill Bryson's
    A WALK IN THE WOODS.:D
     
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    Gorgeous scenery, Jon! Looks like you had a great time. I'm envious.
     
  19. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I'll go ahead and disagree with you there, Angela. You ain't done no REAL hiking until you've walked up a 25% grade at 13,000 feet above sea level. Anyone can walk for 1200 miles if they have enough free time.
     
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    Jon, there's plenty and too much mountain on the

    Applachian, especially the Smoky Mts. and the stretch up through New
    England. The 100 mile trudge through Maine is a killer and most beautiful.
    CO is quite beautiful as is all of the Rocky Mts. up into Canada. I've done
    extensive hiking around Banff and Lake Louise...gorgeous country. Glacier
    hiking is some serious shit and I ain't never doin' that again in Lake Louise!

    My favorite place in CO is what used to be a small ski town south of
    Denver that I can't remember the name of due to a serious senior moment...
    not Aspen...Teluride! Eureka, I remembered! Lovely area way back when...
    I hope it still is.