Peaks of the Park: Mummy Mountain (13,425′), Hagues Peak (13,560′), Fairchild Mountain (13,502′), Ypsilon Mountain (13,514′), Mount Chiquita (13,069′), Mount Chapin (12,454′) Date: October 4, 2015 Trailhead: Lawn Lake (8,540′) – Rocky Mountain National Park Route: Counterclockwise loop beginning and ending at the Lawn Lake TH via Fall River Road Distance: 26 miles Elevation Gain: 9,100 feet Participants: Solo mission Time: 13 hours (including a rain delay, snow delay, and a lot of gaping) Human Sightings: 2 (descending Fairchild) Pedobear Sightings: 0
Peaks: “Zodiac View” (12,505′), “Mount Silverthorne” – a.k.a Willow Benchmark (13,357′), “East Thorn” (13,333′) Date: July 18, 2015 Trailhead: Gore Creek Distance: ~ 15 miles Elevation Gain: ~ 6,000 ft. Participants: Chris Cronick, Dillon Sarnelli (guest appearance by Kristine Chalk and Kona)
This summer’s been a little different than year’s past for me. No real agenda. Hitting the big Park when I can, checking off a Centennial or two when it feels right, even carrying a rope on occasion and adding to the itinerary a top secret cabin in the San Juans when possible.
In January I summited California Peak with Zambo. While descending the summit ridge I became dizzy and disoriented. “Zambo, is this what altitude sickness feels like?!?” An extra strength ibuprofen got me back to the car.
Fast forward to March, I attempted Shavano and Tab with Danny. At about 12,500′ in the Angel my head began to pound and my legs stopped functioning on all cylinders. “Is this really happening again?” After some egging, I was able to convince Danny to go ahead and get the summits. I took a nap on a rib of grass as Danny bulldozed upward. 45 minutes later I painfully dragged my sorry self to the summit of Shavano. On the 7 mile descent back to the car I was a zombie and an ibuprofen had no effect. Danny’s good company and sense of humor are the only reason I’m not still crawling back to the jeep.