Wednesday Outdoor Inspiration
July 13, 2011 Leave a comment
Happy Wednesday, Fulcrum blog readers! I thought I’d give you all a little outdoor inspiration to help you get over the hump of this week and to give you a little push to get outdoors this weekend. If you live in Colorado or any other state with mountains and hiking, get out and climb a mountain this weekend!
Last weekend, with the help of Gerry Roach’s wonderful Colorado’s Fourteeners, 3rd Edition (978-1-55591-412-7, Fulcrum Publishing), I climbed Mount Bierstadt (14,060 feet).
Bierstadt is one of the Front Range fourteeners, so it’s close enough to Denver to do as a day-trip. Because it is so close to Denver, it can be extremely crowded on weekends. But the crowds didn’t bother us one bit, and it was a really gorgeous hike. Wildflowers, big views of snow-capped peaks, open meadows, and a fun scramble over big boulders at the top.
Colorado’s Fourteeners is helpful for a number of reasons, including directions to the trailhead, detailed route descriptions, elevation gain, and mileage, and it identifies which “class” each hike is (i.e., how difficult the terrain is). Bierstadt was just a “2” out of 5+. Whether you’ve done a handful of fourteeners and are looking to explore peaks in a new part of the state, or you are researching which peak will be your first fourteener, this is the guidebook to pick up.
If you are new to climbing big peaks, just remember these four tips: start EARLY to avoid the inevitable thunderstorms that move in, bring LOTS of water, bring a warm hat and gloves for the top (where the wind will make it feel like midwinter), and never be afraid to turn around if you are tired or unsure of your ability to get to the summit. Happy hiking!