Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hellooooo September!

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What a great long weekend! This weekend was very busy, there was a lot of golf, hiking & enjoying the company of friends and family. The highlight of my weekend was definitely hiking Grays Peak, elevation 14,270'. Such an incredible experience.

We set off from the trailhead around 9:30 am, Saturday morning. The incline was beyond steep, the views breathtaking. All of the people around us, who were attempting this same amazing feat, were so friendly. The entire experience just made you feel alive. We summited Grays around noon. The overwhelming sense of accomplishment we all felt was unbelievable, it literally felt like we had conquered the world. After taking in the awe-inspiring view, we contemplated going to hike Torreys Peak, Gray's 14ner neighbor. Unfortunately, the clouds rolled in quickly and the last place you want to be during a lightning storm is on top of a mountain. We quickly began our descent, as hail, thunder and lighting set in all around us. I am not going to lie, it was quite nerve racking. Running down a mountain during a hail storm, not something I would recommend. Nevertheless, we made it down in one piece.

This is one of those experiences you never forget. So I highly recommend that if you ever get a chance to hike a 14ner, do it. Here are a couple tips that are musts when hiking a 14ner:
  • Bring rain gear. Weather at the top of a peak above 14,000' is unpredictable, luck favors those who are prepared.
  • Leave early. If we would have left an hour or so earlier, we would have missed the hail storm. The bad weather on these mountains usually starts in early in the afternoon.
  • Always bring plenty of food and water. You are hiking up a steep, unrelenting mountain, you will need energy and to stay hydrated.
  • Enjoy the scenery. This is a once in a lifetime experience, take it in.
How was your weekend?

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