We had a fantastic trip in Colorado last week and in Outing Club fashion, we decided to do Highs, Lows, and Angels and share them with you!
Sunday, August 12th
Highs: Seeing a Pine Marten, Peanut Noodle Soup.
Lows: Lack of sleep due to delayed flights and lost baggage, adjusting to high altitude.
Angels: Peca (the dog) for being excited about chipmunks and birds.
Monday, August 13th
Highs: The curious bird at breakfast time, climbing Mount Massive in rain, sleet, and snow.
Lows: Descending Mount Massive in cold, rainy conditions.
Angels: Danica’s parent’s for making a charcoal “campfire” to help us warm up.
Tuesday, August 14th
Highs: Slackpacking Mount Elbert, sitting at the top of Mount Elbert (the tallest mountain in Colorado and second tallest mountain in the contiguous United States).
Lows: Doxycycline causing nausea and sunburn, multiple false summits.
Angels: The hiker who told us we were impressive because we were doing the same route at the Leadville 100 running race.
Wednesday, August 15th
Highs: The llamas.
Lows: We didn’t get to use the llamas to carry our stuff.
Angels: The inspirational trail runners participating in the TransRockies race and the forest service dude.
Thursday, August 16th
Highs: Elkhead Pass and the view of the collegiate range.
Lows: Fatigued muscles.
Angels: The woman who told us the climb would be worth it, which encouraged us to push on. And the pikas.
Friday, August 17th
Highs: Orienteering our way to Rainbow Lake, hiking with only our “brains.”
Lows: Sore knees.
Angels: Each other for helping carry out an awesome trip!
Happy hiking everyone!