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.

My fascination with the Indian Peaks Wilderness (IPW) was seeded long ago, when first moving to Colorado. They're fabulous, rugged mountains and only a short hour's drive away.
''Each one sees what he carries in his heart''
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

''We do not see Nature with our eyes, but with our understanding and our heart''
William Hazlit

''Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself''
Ralph Waldo Emerson

''Don't not be afraid to go out on a limb.
That's where fruit is.''

''Nothing external to you has any power over you''
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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