On the way up
having lunch at the peak
Nice guy at the trailhead parking lot we talked to took this
Looking up at the 5.8- Matthew lead
Someone putting a cam to good use lol
On the day of the hike we started at 6:30 am. This is very early for us as we usually sleep until 8 or 8:30 am (I know, poor us). We hiked to a nice waterfall, stopped for breakfast then continued on. It was a pretty long ascent and once we made it to the boulder field (the campsite at 13,000') we stopped for lunch. We then hiked up to the keyhole, which a popular turning point. Beyond that didn't look bad so we kept going. To avoid the snow we scrambled on some rocks and I started to freak out from some rocks slipping and it looking like a long slide down the mountain. I then decided I had enough and would not go one. Matthew felt good and wanted to keep going. I sat down resigned to wait for 2 hours for him to peak and return. After about 30 min I got impatient, got over my fear and decided to keep hiking as long as it felt safe. I figured I would meet him at some point then turn around. Well by the time we met up again I was almost to the peak so I just kept going. The rest of the route was NOT easy. It was technical and thanks to my rock climbing skills I made it up safely, but it is not for the faint of heart or ill prepared.
first stop for breakfast
view of the peak on the way up
scrambling to the keyhole
view from the keyhole
struggling after the rock scramble, starting to question my life choices lol
glorious marmot Matthew saw on the way up
Matthews peak photo
My quick proof of peaking before scrambling quickly down after the sound of thunder
rocking my new skirt from St. Vincent in Boulder
Next we headed south to explore more of Colorado that we skipped over. Our first stop was Twin Lakes. The highest peak in the Rockies is located here, Mt Elbert at 14,440', so naturally we had to do it. It was a fun hike, gorgeous views, 11 miles long and way easier than Longs peak.
view from the peak
peak from the other side
The day after that trip I felt surprisingly good. I had some slight soreness but nothing like post Longs peak. We headed out of Aspen and on to Crested Butte. The ride was gorgeous, as most are out here, and we passed several small adorable towns. Crested Butte is another small and adorable town, with a 15 mph speed limit in all of downtown, a ton of overland rigs, log cabin homes, people riding around on bikes, funky shops and just a great vibe. We are sitting in a tea house right now with the plan of hiking tomorrow then heading to Gunnison to rock climb.