Happy Friday everyone, the weekend is here again! As I mentioned in my post about our camping trip this past weekend, Cam and I finally climbed our first 14er! For those of you not familiar with this Colorado lingo (aka myself a month ago), a 14er is a mountain peak over 14,000 feet, and my current state of residence has 53 of them. Now I consider Cameron and myself somewhat seasoned hikers, but we had been advised not to attempt a 14er until we had acclimated to the altitude a little bit. So on this weekend's camping trip, we happened to be near Mt. Sherman, which is supposedly one of the easier 14ers and good for first-timers, so we felt ready to give it a shot.
|Wait, we're going hiking?!? Why didn't I get a say in this?! Wahhhhhhh! (Our dog's expressions are absurd)|
|Hiking is hard.|
|I'm ready for our hike when all of the sudden...|
|Lola flips a shiz and starts running through the wildflowers like a maniac...|
|Seriously she is a nut.|
However, once we got past the treeline aka high up enough where there are no plants, things got a little more intense. The trail was extremely steep and rocky at a lot of points, and Cam and I both needed to keep stopping because it was pretty difficult to breathe. Apparently gaining over 2000 feet at 12000 feet is different than doing it at 3000 feet. Extremely different.
|Well duh, I could have told you that before we got out of the car fool.|
|Tons of climbers heading toward the summit|
...or you make it to the top of a mountain! Hooray!! (And yes, I realize that this is not the same as actually birthing a child, but you catch my drift) I was so happy when we finally made it to the summit, and I felt really proud of Cam, Lola, and myself for doing it. We sat in the sunshine and rested, took our picture with the elevation sign, and signed this scroll saying we had made it to the top! It was definitely an amazing feeling, and as much as the lack of oxygen sucked, it does make me want to try to do it again. Here are some pictures from the summit:
|Oh hey, good job hubs :)|
|Thought bubble over Lola's head: I hate you both so much for making me do this.|
|But then she found a friend so that made it all better...typical.|
Now you'd think once you make it to the top, it would be smooth sailing. And you'd be wrong because the hike down was basically almost as challenging as the hike up. Since the incline was so steep and the trail was so rocky, it was very tedious making our way down. You really have to tense all the muscles in your legs to keep yourself from just tripping down the mountain, and all the impact ends up putting a lot of stress on your hips and knees. I'm thinking that next time we do one these hikes, I want to invest in a good pair of trekking poles because I think they'd be very helpful.
Finally, we made it back to our car and headed back to the lake to relax. It was definitely an amazing hike, and I'm hoping that we can do at least another couple 14ers before the weather gets too cold, but I think that I may be taking "Climb Mt. Everest" off my bucket list. At least for now.
|Christmas card potential...|