Monday, August 30, 2010


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

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

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