Monday, August 13, 2012

I Climbed My First 14er!


I'm so proud of myself! I'm on the top of Mt Evans at 14265'. It was a long climb.


A whole 135'! Wow, it was tough - the air is pretty thin up here. (Even this photo looks tougher than it was - there is a nice trail. You don't have to rock climb.)


The big attraction up here is not the mountain, but the mountain goats.


There was a long line at the restrooms.


Are you my Mommy?


The Mommies were in the process of shedding.


"What are you looking at? I'll be pretty again in a week or so!"


There are beautiful lakes; this one was near the top of the mountain.


We also saw Bighorn Sheep, although they blend in with the rocks.


Don't worry, this is not "The End." I have lots more to say... (I took 200 pictures on this trip.)


The ride down was a little scary because we were on the outside edge. I don't know what's holding that cone up!


On the way down, we saw Summit Lake -


Where there is a short hike to an overlook of the Chicago Lakes.


And further down is a short walk to an area of Bristlecone pines. What a great day!

22 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about scary drive--I did it on a Harley. Lots of blind switchbacks and goats in the road!

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  2. Congrats on your 14er. Looks to be well worth the climb.

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  3. Wonderful Pictures! That outer edge would cause a greater lack of oxygen for me than the altitude - I wonder what shade of blue I would have turned by the time we were away from edges like that :)

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  4. Those little goats were sure cute.

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  5. Wow - love your pictures. Especially of you at the top!!!! But the goats are really cute - even shedding.

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  6. Congrats on your "climb!" Uh, are you OK? You seem to be straggling behind. Oh, you taking photos! :-)

    Love the photos of the mountain goats!

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  7. What a great place to visit! Thanks for sharing these terrific pics.

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  8. How very beautiful! Love it! You inspire me to get out there more!

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  9. Congratulations Diana! Got my header changed per your advice.

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  10. HELL YEAH!! Love it, you rock Diana!
    Your photos are inspiring and the sheep and goats are soooo wonderful! That lake is so blueeee.

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  11. The last time I was atop Mt. Evans I was a teenager, and it was snowing! :)

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  12. Congrats on your first 14er ... the others will be a piece of cake. Gorgeous scenery; and aren't those mountain goats cute. We saw them roadside a few years back in Jasper NP.

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  13. Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment! It wouldn't do me any good to put that on my bucket list because it will never happen. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing your adventure through them and through your words.

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  14. Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment! It wouldn't do me any good to put that on my bucket list because it will never happen. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing your adventure through them and through your words.

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  15. That is amaqzing that they built those restrooms for the mountain goats. Even more amazing is they stand in line waiting to use them.

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  16. Congratulations...14000 ft, I'd have to travel a long way to get to something like that.

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  17. Wow - those pictures are breathtaking! I can imagine how glorious it must be to actually be there. Tell Uncle Phil I said hi and don't fall off the side of the mountain! :)

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  18. Hi Diana.....found you at Sandie's.....although we are not full timers, I'm always so interested in someone who is. Beautiful spot you are in.....BTW what state are you hiking in....I did not read it in your post?

    Jo

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  19. I don't know, Diana, those lakes don't look anything like Chicago to me! What fun to see the baby goats, were they waiting in line too or are they not toilet trained yet?

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  20. LOL Love it up there .. great pic of the momma & baby Mtn. Goat & congrats on that 14er

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  21. Congrats on your first 14er. Great pics!

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  22. Congrats on your first 14er!! How long did it take you to climb it? Maybe someday, but right now I prefer to drive up the mountains - LOL

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