June 19, 2006

Mt. Elbert

On Saturday, Ashley and I hiked up Mt. Elbert. At 14,433 feet, Elbert is the highest peak in Colorado, and the second highest peak in the lower 48. Despite this, the hike to the summit was the easiest of any 14er I've done in Colorado. There was still enough snow on the mountains in this area to keep them from looking like large piles of dirt - this is exactly what they look like once all the snow melts.

Ashley and I are planning on participating in the Mt. Evans ride on July 22, which served as our primary means of motivation for getting her to 14,000 feet to experience the altitude. The Mt. Evans ride starts in Idaho Springs (around 7000 feet) and ends 28 miles later at the summit parking lot of Mt. Evans (just over 14,000 feet). On Sunday we did some more preparation for this ride by going on a moderate ride from our house. Looks like a repeat next weekend as we plan to hike Mt. Massive on Saturday and do a bit longer ride on Sunday.

P.S. - The Korea journal is nearly finished!

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