Friday, September 2, 2011

Colorado Hike #4: Grays Peak (Our Second 14er!)


Happy Friday everybody! So as I eluded in my post earlier this week, we did something pretty exciting while Jeff and Laura were in town (or at least I think so)...we climbed another 14er! Even though we warned our East Coast friends our first experience hiking a 14er was fairly challenging, Jeff really wanted to give it a try. I'll admit that even though the first one was tough, I was actually pretty excited to try another one because it's such a great feeling of accomplishment when you get to the top.


We chose to hike Grays Peak, which is located about 2 hours west of our apartment. The trail is 7.5 miles roundtrip, and it starts out at just over 11,000 feet meaning that you climb 3000 feet. Since this was a little bit longer hike (and since it was kind of far from our house) we had to get a really early start in order to get on the trail in enough time to ensure that we'd be headed down the mountain by noon, or else risk getting caught in the Colorado rainstorms that tend to roll in during the early afternoon. And by early start, I mean really early...my alarm went off at 3:45 am, and we were out the door by 4:30 am. So crazy. Seriously, I'm turning into this crazy Colorado person, aka the girl who does yoga all the time and gets up before the sun to go hiking...whatevs, I'm fine with it.

You mean to tell me that you woke me up at 3:45 in the morning to go hiking...again? WTF is with you people?!
Anyway, after leaving our apartment we met up with Jeff and Laura's friend Pete and made it to the trailhead before 7 am. It was pretty chilly in the morning, but luckily the trail was fairly flat for the first mile or so. After that point, the trail did become pretty steep, but I actually thought it was a lot more manageable that Mt. Sherman. The terrain wasn't quite so rocky and the trail didn't seem quite so exposed. It was nice and sunny on the trail, and it was packed with people pretty much the entire way.

Boys at the beginning of the hike
Mrs. & Mrs.
Ready to hike!
Sun coming up over the mountains
Lots of people trying to make their way to the top...

Unfortunately, Jeff got hit with some pretty intense altitude sickness fairly quickly into the hike, but he plugged along and eventually we all made it to the top! It was a perfect (albeit crowded) day on the trail and the views made the climb totally worth it. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the summit:









I'm so over this whole "mountain" thing...I'm a dog, not a goat people...
 Grays Peak is located right next to Torreys Peak so a lot of people actually do both in one day, since you just have to desend a little bit on to the saddle between the mountains before you head up to the other peak. By the time we got to the top, Jeff was feeling pretty bad and we were all ready to take a break, so we opted not to do Torreys. (Pete ended up hiking and met up with us later on the trail, and it didn't take him too long at all so it's definitely very doable to do both in one day) We all made it back to the Jeep, and although the day was not without it's challenges, it was really awesome to be able to accomplish something like that with our friends! That's what happens when you come visit us in Colorado, I will take you to yoga and make you hike, so don't come expecting a relaxing vaca! (Kidding...sort of...)

No she's not kidding...also please no one look at how my tummy looks like a vajayjay.
So what does everyone have planned for the holiday weekend?? Cam and I are actually heading up to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park for the weekend, so by the time you read this post I'll probably be cruising in the Jeeper somewhere in rural Wyoming! I visited these National Parks when I was a kid, but Cam hasn't seen them yet, so I'm really excited for a long weekend of camping and just experiencing the natural beauty of the West! (So expect lots and lots of photos next week!) As crazy as it sounds, one of my life dreams is to see a bear in the wild, so I am actually really hoping that we see one this weekend! I really hope I am not setting myself up for disaster announcing this, seriously it would be my luck to come back missing half my leg with some horrific bear attack story. So pray that doesn't happen, all I want to do is just spot a bear from a safe distance! I hope that y'all have a fantastic long weekend (free from bear attacks...) and that you are able to soak up this last little bit of summer, as I'm planning in going into full on fall mode when I return! Xoxo

Ps: I'll leave you with this little dash of cuteness for your weekend...we saw this dog at summit and I thought for sure it was a beagle puppy (which I love), but it was actually a Jack Russell/Beagle mix that basically was like the smallest mini beagle I've ever seen. It was so cute that I had to creepily ask this guy if I could take a picture. Freakin' adorable. Happy Labor Day!

Back off you crazy dog lover.

6 comments:

  1. Great job! Love all the pup pics.

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  2. Woo hoo! We did Gray's (the back route) in July and it was gorgeous.

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  3. hahahah oh Lola.. these pics are presh! You guys are sooo Colorado now :)

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  4. Wow! I admire that you guys climbed the peak and your first timer friends are unbelievably brave. I'm horrible with the outdoors :) And the dog is adorable. I can see Colorado and the outdoors treats you well. So beautiful.

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  5. Looks like so much fun!! Hiking is one of my favorite things in the WHOLE WORLD to do!! So refreshing & cleansing!

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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