Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I got back to the Silverthorne pad around 830 am and immediately tucked myself into my bed and didn’t wake up until around noon. Most people were starting to mill around the house at this point and we all kind of congregated in one of the living rooms and watched Top Gun followed by The Book of Eli. Around 3 a few of us went to Breckenridge for the afternoon. It was Kingdom Days (I think) so there were a lot of people out and about. We took the gondola to the top around lift 8. There were so many people at the top playing putt-putt, eating dinner, enjoying the scenery, etc. Jenni, Jessica, Brandon, and I tested our need for speed on the Alpine Super Slide! It was super fun and I wish we could have tried it again… but for $16 a ride, one time was plenty. We took the gondola back down and walked around downtown Breckenridge. The weather was beautiful and all of the shops were open. I bought myself a tank top (hooray) and a few others picked up some goodies.
Sunday, July 08, 2012
1 am wake up call. Remember the previous post when I said we took it easy the rest of the night to prepare for our hike… well I don’t think anyone got enough sleep but we were all ready to go! Bierstadt is a pretty popular 14er to climb located in the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Clear Creek County. By about 230 am, we reached our destination by car and began our hike… in the dark. We all were equipped with headlamps, warm layers, and sustenance. Since none of us had ever climbed this mountain, and it was pitch black, we couldn’t see what awaited us up ahead. We just put 1 foot in front of the other and started making our way up. We made a few stops along the way to catch our breath and stretch our legs. When you’re from the flatlands, you really have no idea what the altitude will do to you. We continued upward, some people puked, we lost a few people along the way (not literally lost them but they just turned around and decided to go back down) and eventually the sun started to rise. At this point, we were pretty close to the top. My legs were shot, it was winter up there, and I really couldn’t breathe very well. Our bstud group pretty much stayed together the entire climb. We took some pictures together and then decided we should begin the long haul back down the mountain. A few people continued on to the very tip top and eventually made it. It was funny to see some of Kate’s friends, who live in Colorado, join us for the hike. They flew past us and I’m convinced they were at the top of the mountain before we were even half way.