I mentioned on the random chit chat thread that I was climbing a 14er this weekend. It was so beautiful, I wanted to share pictures with everyone.
We climbed Mt. Bierstadt which is 14,060 ft tall. It took us about 6 hours. I wanted to go slow to take in all the views. Each time you went up, a new view of the mountains opened up. It was goregous! Most of the hike was pretty easy, but the top half got a little more challanging. It was steep and the last bit to the summit was all boulder fields. that part was pretty fun. The mountain classified as a class Two 14er, meaning there is some steep, unsteady footing, but you do not need climbing gear to reach the summit. I'm ready to do our next one! It might have to wait until next summer though. the weather up there can be a bit unpredicitable. We were lucky that it was perfect weather for us, but generally thunderstoms come in after noon. You don't want to be the tallest point on the highest mountain when lightening is coming!
This is the start of the hike, from the parking area. Mt Bierstad is the tall mountain in the back. The jagged stuff to the left is called Sawtooth. You can climb over that and then hit another 14er called Mount Evans (one of Colorado's more popular 14ers)
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