Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mount Sherman

Mt. Sherman
Elevation: 14036 ft / 4278 m
Gemini Peak (Unranked)
Elevation: 13951 ft / 4252 m
White Ridge (Unranked)
Elevation: 13684 ft/4170 m

Mount Sherman, in the middle of the north- to south-trending Mosquito Range, is a rounded 14,036-foot-high (4,278 meters) peak that rises above the western edge of broad South Park in central Colorado. The mountain, usually considered the easiest of Colorado’s 55 Fourteeners, is an excellent climb for beginning mountaineers, children, and visitors unused to Colorado’s high altitude and, in summer, requires only basic outdoor gear. The peak is named for the great Union General William Tecumseh Sherman who, during the Civil War, practiced a scorched earth policy while marching to Atlanta in 1864.
Sherman, Colorado’s 46th highest peak, is a fast hike for a reasonably fit person since it is possible to park as high as 12,000 feet, leaving only a couple thousand feet of elevation gain to the summit and a round-trip hike of just over five miles. Like all the Fourteeners though, Mount Sherman needs to be treated with some respect. Thunderstorms brew over the Sawatch Range to the west and move in quickly. It always seems windy on Sherman’s upper ridge and summit. It’s best to get an early start, carry rain gear, and keep an eye on the weather for thunderstorms and lightning. Keep in mind that the mountain is on a mining claim owned by the Day Mine Company in Leadville.



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mount Lady Washington

Mount Lady Washington
Elevation: 13281 ft / 4048 m
Vertical Gain: 3767 ft.
November 7, 2010

Rocky Mountain National Park

Mt. Lady Washington is a 13,281ft sentinel to the 14,255ft Longs Peak. It also appears to be the only peak in Rocky Mountain National Park that is almost entirely free of snow. Mt. Lady Washington is a relatively easy 13'er that makes a good training hike because it has a short approach.

The first part of the hike is the same as the hike to Chasm Lake. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach the Y where the trail splitsY where the trail splits, the left branch heading to Chasm Lake and the right to Longs Peak. There's a horse rack here, and a privy just up the ridge. From the Y junction, there are two choices: to go directly up the somewhat steep east slope east slope of Mt. Lady Washington, or to follow the Longs Peak trail north and around, then go up the north ridge or the back. My recommendation for the ascent is to go directly up. Although it is a moderately steep climb, it is the shortest distance and probably faster and takes less effort overall.
Here is photo story from hike:


Denver dawn.
















By the time you reach the top of the eastern slope, you are close to the summit. Mt. Lady Washington has two summits, of which the eastern one is higher. It may be worth the short trip to the other summit to get a better view of the east face of Longs Peak.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Humboldt Peak

Humboldt Peak
Visina:  4287 m /14064 ft
37 Najvisi vrh u Koloradu.
Datum: Oktobar 31, 2010

Humboldt Peak sa Broken Hand prevoja. (September 2013)

Humboldt Peak je 37 najvisi vrh u Koloradu, ali takodje jedan od najlaksih. Bez obzira sa koje strane da krenete prema vrhu, osim strmih padina vecih prepreka nece biti. Planina je dobila ime po poznatom njemackom prirodnjaku Alexandru von Humbodtu. Humboldt je pocetkom 18 vijeka bio medjunarodna zvijezda, a poznat je po tome sto je dugo vremena drzao visinski rekord od 5878 metara ispenjan na Mt. Chimborazo u Ekvadoru.
Iako je bio poznati strucnjak u istrazivanju tektonskih ploca na zapadnom dijelu americkog kontinenta, nikada nije imao priliku da ispenje ovu planinu.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Crystal Peak

Tenmile Range, Colorado
Crystal Peak , Elevation : 13852 ft / 4222 m
Father Dyer Peak, Elevation 13615 ft / 4150 m

Crystal Peak is a high Colorado Thirteener and one of the 100 highest peaks of Colorado, also known as "Centennial." Crystal falls in the 100 highest at #82. It is in the Tenmile Range, which extends from Peak  near Breckenridge south to the Continental Divide, where the same range becomes known as the "Mosquito" Range.

Crystal Peak can be climbed in all seasons. It sees little traffic compared to it's neighboring 14ers, but is definitely worth a trip. The most popular route goes through the beautiful Crystal Creek drainage and past Lower and Upper Crystal Lakes. This basin is worth the trip alone. Crystal also has several other routes from all directions, offering a wide variety of terrain. The standard route is a Class 2 hike


Father Dyer Peak is a high thirteener in the Crystal Creek drainage area of the Tenmile Range. This drainage also includes the thirteeners Crystal Peak , Peak 10, and Mount Helen. Unfortunately, this peak is mostly ignored in the Crystal Creek drainage compared to its Centennial neighbor, Crystal Peak. Father Dyer is definitely worth a trip of its own, however.

Father Dyer has at least four excellent routes, and none of them are as easy as the routes on the thirteeners around it. In fact, the easiest route to Dyer is from Crystal. Climbers will find all sorts of terrain around Father Dyer Peak. Routes offer scrambling, snow climbing, skiing, and enjoyable ridge runs. Father Dyer's summit block requires some easy scrambling, and leads you to a tiny summit. It's a great place to view the surrounding peaks of the mighty Tenmile.



Beautiful morning in Tenmile range.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Atlantic Peak

Winter Welcomer
October, 10 2010
Atlantic Peak
Tenmile Range, Colorado
Elevation: 13841 ft / 4219 m
Atlantic Peak, when it is mentioned at all, is usually mentioned in the same breath as its loftier, pointier neighbor to the north, Pacific Peak. They are often climbed together and both are on the list of Colorado's "Highest 100" peaks. With its place on this list at #87, Atlantic is a very worthy destination in its own right.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Apache Peak - A Fall Farewell

A Fall Farewell
Sep 29, 2010
Apache Peak
Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado
Elevation: 13441 ft / 4097 m

Apache Peak is the king of the entire Brainard Lake area. This massive 13,441-ft. mountain is exceeded by only North Arapaho for total elevation in the Indian Peak Wilderness. It is a complex mountain with steep slopes surrounding it. Apache Peak is home to the San Isabelle Glacier, a permanent snowfield that offers the Queens Way route. In addition, the 1,400-ft. north-facing Fair Glacier is considered the premere snow-climb in the entire wilderness area. We took East Ledges Route, which is a class 2+ route with a minor class 3 move or two. This route is steep and loose and some might consider it to be a major slog. I thought it to be very tiring and uneventful. What makes the route worthwhile is fun scrambling on the grass-covered ledges, and fantastic views of the Lone Eagle Cirque from the summit. This is not the route to take if there is any snow on Apache's east ledge system; a slip from an icy ledge could be your last. There is also plenty of water flowing over these ledges from the melting snowfield above, so only attempt this route in mid to late summer when the temperature stays above freezing overnight.




Longs Peak

Climb for Adis
In Memory of Adis Kurtovic 1980 - 2006.
September 19, 2010
Longs Peak
Elevation: 14259 ft / 4346 m
Rocky Mountain National Park.


Adis on top of Longs Peak, Summer of 2000


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pauite Peak, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Pauite Peak, Indian Peaks Wilderness
Elevation: 13088 ft / 3989 m
From Mitchel Lalke Trailhead, Souteast Face
Roundtrip Distance: 7.2 miles
September 12, 2010
Me, Myself and The Mountain....



Monday, September 20, 2010

Navajo Peak

Navajo Peak,
Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado
Visina : 4087 m /13409 ft
Duzina : 16 km

Navajo Peak jedan od najintersantnijih vrhova u Indian Peaks parku.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fall Colors Colorado

September blow soft, till the fruit’s in the loft. (English)



The blossoms in the spring are the fruit in autumn. (Roman)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass, elevation 11,990 ft (3,650 m). above sea level, is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, U.S.A..
It is located on the Continental Divide in the Front Range west of Denver. U.S. Route 6 traverses the pass; the twisty road is considered to be especially treacherous during the winter months. A steep, steady 6.7% grade, along with numerous hairpin turns on either side, make it difficult to snowplow the road regularly.

Loveland is the highest mountain pass in the world that regularly stays open during a snowy winter season. When the Eisenhower Tunnel opened in March 1973, it allowed motorists on Interstate 70 to avoid crossing the pass directly. Trucks that cannot pass through the tunnel (those carrying hazardous materials and those over 13'11" (4.2 m) in height) must still take US 6 across Loveland Pass, 800 vertical feet (244 m) above the tunnel.



Mount Sniktau,13234 ft / 4034 m
"Cupid" , 13117 ft / 3998 m
Grizzly Peak, 13427 ft / 4093 m



Above the clouds....

Another beautiful day in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Flattop Mtn (12324')- unranked
Hallett Pk (12713')- CO Rank 847
Otis Pk (12486')- CO Rank 1015
Taylor Pk B (13153')- CO Rank 521



Monday, August 30, 2010

Mt.Meeker

Dream Lofty Dreams
Mt. Meeker, Rocky Mountain National Park
Elevation: 13911 ft / 4240 m
Date: August 21, 2010
Distance: 11.4 miles
Vertical: 4511 feet, Class 3
Time: Long Day
Route: The Loft

HER SILHOUETTE AGAINST THE ALPENGLOW
Climbing a mountain is very hard work so we just sat at the bottom of it and ate our picnic. Others came along and actually started to climb it. They were tough and strong but we still thought they were foolish, but refrained from telling them so. They were loaded down with so much equipment they could barely walk on level ground— ropes, sleeping bags, tents, hammers, pitons, lamps, food supplies, ice axes, oxygen masks—whereas for a picnic you can get everything you need into a basket—wine, cheese, salami, bread, napkins. "Marie," I said, "Do you still love me?" "Chuck you, Farley," she said, "and your whole famn damily. You know I'll always love you. All's hotsie-dandy here, thank you very much."
James Tate
Last look at Mt. Meeker and The Loft route.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Black Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

Black Lake, Mills Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
Round-Trip Length: 9.7 miles

Start - End Elevation: 9,240' - 10,630' (10,656' max elevation)
Elevation Change: +1,390' net elevation gain (+1,842' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Black Lake fills a deep circular basin sculpted from the flanks of McHenrys Peak, The Arrowhead, Chiefs Head Peak and The Spearhead. This rugged trail leads deep into the high subalpine and upper reaches of a spectacular glacial gorge with access to Mills Lake, Jewel Lake and Ribbon Falls en route.

Waterfall bellow Black Lake.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Mt. Toll

Mt. Toll, Indian Peaks, Colorado
Mt. Toll (12979 ft / 3956 m)

You can't go wrong with  Indian Peaks. Another great trip with my friend Kimo.
Walking up to the Blue Lake i got my first view of Mount Toll. It looked kind of close but really pretty with its perfect pyramid shape at the head of the valley.


Sunrise over Blue Lake

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shoshoni Peak

Shoshoni Peak
Elevation: 12967 ft / 3952 m

Located in the Arapaho and the Roosevelt National Forests in Colorado, the Indian Peaks Wilderness area was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by Congress in 1978. The name was selected because many of the peaks within the wilderness are named for Native American tribes of the west. This wilderness area covers nearly 75,000 acres, following the Continental Divide south for nearly 16 miles, with the Rocky Mountain National Park as its northern border.

Indian Peaks contains vast areas of alpine tundra, numerous cirque basins with remnant glaciers, and nearly 50 lakes. Streams in the wilderness include Middle and South St. Vrain, Boulder, Buchanan, Cascade, and Arapaho Creeks. Elevations range from 8,400 to over 13,000 feet. The underlying rock of the Indian Peaks area is 80-90% Precambrian biotite gneiss formed approximately 1800 million years ago. The area has since been reshaped by at least six glacial sequences dating back 15,000 years.



"Water sustains all""
Thales of Miletus, 600 B.C.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Horseshoe Mountain

Horseshoe Mtn, Colorado(4236 m) 13,898 feet

Horseshoe Mtn is a centennial peak (72nd highest in Colorado) that is shadowed by it's more popular though less aestetic neighbor Mt. Sherman. It is an easy class I walk-up. We did this hike on a weekend and saw only one other person on the trail. The views of the namesake cirque are breathtaking as one hikes up an old mining road to a saddle between Horseshoe Mountain and Peerless Mountain.





Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Redcloud Peak and Sunshine Peak

Redcloud Peak 4,277m (14,034 ft)
Sunshine Peak 4,267m (14,001 ft)
July 18, 2010
Trailhead: Silver Creek
Gain Elevation: 4250'
How you can go wrong with mountains that are red and sunny?
The colorful palette of the San Juan is on display.
We started from the Silver Creek trailhead at first light, following the trail as it ran along Silver Creek. There were a few stretches where the trail crossed talus fields, but for the most part, it was a good hiking trail.




Monday, July 19, 2010

The San Juan Mountains, Colorado

The San Juan Mountains are a rugged mountain range in the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The area is highly mineralized (the Colorado Mineral Belt) and figured in the gold and silver mining industry of early Colorado. Major towns, all old mining camps, include Creede, Lake City, Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride. Large scale mining is now uneconomical in the region, although independent prospectors still work claims throughout the range. The last large scale holdouts were the Standard Metals operation near Silverton, which operated until late in the 20th century and the Idarado Mine on Red Mountain Pass that closed down in the 1970s. Another hold-out was the ill-fated Summitville mine on the eastern slope of the San Juans.


Sunset over Denver

Sunset over Denver (from Cherry Creek dam)


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado

The Indian Peaks Wilderness is a wilderness area in north central Colorado managed jointly by the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and small parts of the southern section of Rocky Mountain National Park. It borders the James Peak Wilderness to the south, and straddles the Continental Divide. The area receives high visitation due to its proximity to the Denver metropolitan area


Monday, July 5, 2010

Crested Butte Flowers

Designated the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the State Legislature in 1990, the 1880s mountain town’s celebration of nature’s amazing handiwork spans the peak of wildflower season and is dedicated to the conservation, preservation and appreciationof wildflowers through education and celebration.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Longest Day

Longest Day.....
Say, then say, what is this day,
That it lingers thus with half-closed eyes,
When the sunset is quenched and the orient ray
Of the roseate moon doth rise,
Like a midnight sun o'er the skies!
'Tis the longest, the longest of all the glad year,
The longest in life and the fairest in hue,
When day and night, in bridal light,
Mingle their beings beneath the sweet blue,
And bless the balmy air!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mount Antero

Mount Antero is the tenth highest peak in Colorado, with an elevation of 14,269 feet (4,349 m). It is named for Chief Antero of the Uintah band of Utes. It is located in the central Sawatch Range in Chaffee County between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida. The mountain itself is prized for its gemstone deposits and has one of the highest concentrations of aquamarine in the country. There are several active private mining claims being exploited on Mt. Antero and surrounding peaks.



Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mount Princeton

The southern most of the Collegiate Peaks, Mount Princeton 14197 ft / 4327 m, Colorado's 20th highest, dominates the skyline of the Arkansas Valley. This 14,000 foot peak abruptly rises west of Buena Vista and stands all alone in the Sawatch Range. This summit towers between two large U-shaped glacial valleys in which Chalk Creek and Cottonwood Creek drain into the Arkansas River. Mount Princeton is easily attainable from its eastern ridge, but also offers more challenging routes from all slopes. Lacking in technical routes, except for the Chalk Cliffs, the views from this peak won’t disappoint


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Chasm Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park




Monday, May 31, 2010

Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cataract Creek near Silverthorne, Colorado



Friday, May 21, 2010

Angel of Shavano

Mount Shavano, with an altitude of 14,229 feet (4,337 meters), is one of the fourteeners of the U.S. State of Colorado. It is the 17th highest peak in Colorado and a near-neighbor to Tabeguache Peak. Mount Shavano is famous for the Angel of Shavano, a snow formation in the image of an angel that emerges on the east face of the mountain during snow melt each spring.



Sunday, May 2, 2010

South Boulder Peak

South Boulder Peak

Elevation: 8549 ft / 2606 m
Length: 6.5 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 2956 ft
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South Boulder Peak is the tallest of the peaks in the "Boulder Range" just west of Boulder Colorado upon which the famous Flatirons lie. It is also the highest of the six major peaks in the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (from south to north these are: Eldorado, South Boulder, Bear, Green, Flagstaff, and Sanitas). For all this lofty altitude, however, it is visible from only a few places in town; from most angles, the nearly-as-tall and impressively pointy Bear Peak shields it from view. Nor does South Boulder Peak suffer under the profusion of hiking trails and climbing routes that other peaks in the area host and is thus much more lonely and than the neighboring Bear Peak and Green Mountain.




Saturday, May 1, 2010

Roxborough Park

Roxborough State Park, Colorado


Roxborough is a Colorado Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark for good reason. The 3,339-acre park is filled with dramatic red-rock formations, distinct plant communities, and a host of wildlife ranging from black bears to mule deer.




Sunday, April 18, 2010

Castlewood Canyon

Friday, April 16, 2010

Earth Day - the 40th anniversary

Senator Gaylor Nelson of Wisconsin, The founder of Earth Day.









April 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of Mother Earth. Earth Day was founded by Former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson (1916 - 2005). Nelson led a grassroots campaign starting in 1962 to raise awareness for environmental issues. He said that the Vietnam protests at universities, which were called ''sitins'' were so effective that he knew a similar campaign would work.

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