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On top of Old Smokey....

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Wait, that's not it....

How about, "on top of ol' Quandary!!!"

This past weekend has been a bit of a whirlwind. It was 4th of July, a day to celebrate with family and friends, enjoy some fireworks, and relax in the comforts provided by living in a free country.

Since my family is all back in Ohio, I spent my fourth with my friends and it was SPECTACULAR.

I accomplished a task that I had on my bucket list since I moved here. I hiked my first 14er. In case you don't know what that is, it is one of the 14,000 ft (or higher) elevation peak mountains in Colorado.

Rank: 13 of 53
Elevation: 14,265'
Range: Ten mile
Nat. Forest: White River
Lat/Long: 39º 23' 50" N
106º 06' 21" W
Counties: White River
Towns: Breckenridge, Alma, Fairplay, Leadville


Now, this was my first 14er and let me tell you, it's a journey.

We left Denver at 330a, got on the mountain by 530a and were hiking by 545a. We summitted at about 1015a, sat at the top and took in the views, relished in the accomplishment of being so high above the treeline, looking at all the views. We started back down by about 11 and got down at about 130p. So, it is a whole day excursion.

I cant really express my feelings on what this experience was like. I remember trying to take it all in and acknowledge my feelings as I was hiking. I never felt the altitude for a second. There were some challenging parts and at one point, I remember looking up thinking 'oh my goodness, we have so much more to go' and then that vantage point shifting as we continued to climb. It was amazing.

Coming down, I slid down the snow at the peak on my jacket---a modified version of glaciering I suppose. Such a blast. The weather temps shifted so many times as we ascended and descended.

I just had so many emotions, so many feels and I felt so accomplished after doing it. I cannot wait to hit my next one.

*and yes, I was sore, sore, SORE after doing this hike. next time, more water, more stretching, and more potassium!!!!*

Peace and love and super high peaks!!!

Jackike






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  • RUNSWITHDEER
    So, you are a 14er now! So what's next? McKinley? Everest? You are young, definitely have the energy to go for it. But I don't remember either of those being on your bucket list. hehe Way to go!
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  • BENNYTINNY
    I have never experienced anything like that. Thanks for sharing. Benny
    1103 days ago
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