Bagging a Pair of Fourteeners

Colorado is a beautiful place.  I’ve lived her 12 years and while I’ve done plenty of hiking and trail running, I’ve never climbed a fourteener (mountain > 14,000 ft – there are 54 of them here.)  Today I climbed two of them – Grays Peak (14,270 ft) and Torreys Peak (14,267 ft.)

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This is Joe Jilk, Maureen Amundson, Dave Jilk, me, and Jason Mendelson on the top of Grays Peak (the first one.)  Dave has a picture of us on top of Torreys on his Facebook page.

It was an awesome experience.  We spent Sunday night at my place in Keystone, got up at 4am, and were on the trail at 5:45am.  We got to the top of Grays around 8:30, bagged Torreys at about 9:30, and were back down to the trailhead at about 12:30 (about 8 miles round trip.)  I ran the last mile and then went another mile and half down the road until Dave drove by and rescued me from myself.  We finished it off with lunch in Idaho Springs at Two Brothers Deli and then headed home.

52 to go.  Here’s another shot for perspective.

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