Archive for November, 2016

Sorry for not posting in a month! I wrote all of this out before but have been very busy. Here is a summary of the outdoor stuff we did.

Colorado Summer 2016

This is my second summer in the Fort Collins area and I really enjoy Colorado summers. My girlfriend and I made it an emphasis to get outside every single weekend and we decided to go on a lot of hikes throughout July and August. Our main focus was Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). We live only about an hour outside of Estes Park, CO (beautiful mountain town, if you ever have the chance to go, check it out) and we wanted to take full advantage of the hikes there.

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Our ideal goal was to build up endurance for Longs Peak, a 14,000 foot tall mountain (14er is what they are called in Colorado). We hiked at RMNP (and the surrounding areas) as well as Fort Collins/Loveland/Boulder each weekend and did this list of hikes:

Rocky Mountain National Park (and surrounding areas) hikes:
-Twin Sisters peak
-Flat top Mountain
-Lake Odessa
-Lake Hiaya, Bear Lake, Dream Lake
-Sky Pond and the Loch
Fort Collins/Loveland/Boulder hikes:
-Grey Rock
-Horsetooth Rock
-Devils Backbone
-Royal Arches

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The 14ers

After Vegas, we took a few weeks off and spontaneously decided we wanted to do Torreys Peak, which was one of the easier 14ers in the Front Range (mountain area). Grey’s peak is right next to it, along the same trail. We woke up at 5:30 am and drove 2 hours south past Denver to the trailhead. Torreys and Greys is an extremely popular trail and a lot of people come from Denver to do these hikes. Although we weren’t in as good of hiking shape as we were in July, we still felt that we could do Torreys peak fairly easily. It wasn’t a brutal hike on paper: Only about 3500 feet of elevation gain and 8 miles round trip. We’ve done some far harder ones in the past and thought this one would be fairly easy (easy is a relative term- obviously this hike is going to be very challenging for someone who does not work out often or have a lot of hiking experience. Just as Longs peak was extremely hard for us, it would be easy for many other people).

Here are some pictures of Torrey’s Peak. I actually got slightly dizzy due to the altitude and it affected me more than I thought it would. The last 500 feet of elevation gain were tough but I mustered through it. I am proud to say that this was my first 14er in my life. I will post the Longs Peak TR very soon, along with some pictures and such.

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