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 Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
 Post Date:  07/26/2011
 Date Climbed:   07/25/2011
 Posted By:  mlstjay

 Mt. Bierstadt - busy Monday!!   

My friend and I woke up at 430am to make it over to bierstadt before the road closes and made it to the trailhead around 7am. I think next time we should just camp since that 1.5 hour drive after sleeping for 3 hours definitely sucks.

This was the 3rd 14er we've completed and wow! its quite a bit easier hiking in the summertime than hiking while the mountain is covered in snow! We had a great time getting to the top and struck up conversations with a couple of other people along the way. Also, anyone on here want to rent me their dog so I can have a cheery animal climbing with me!?

It was a beautiful day but I was really surprised how crowded the mountain was on a Monday. My friend and I are both from the northeast (I just moved about 5 months ago) and am happy that each 14er is a little bit easier than the last. Bierstadt offered a great climb with great views but I'm hoping to meet some people who rock climb so I can go up different routes.
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We followed the trail to the top but then decided to do some scrambling on the way down off the trail. It was fun and a little hairy at times when the rock you would step on would give way and we would lose our balance. Another unfortunate event?: we didn't bring beer with us to the top. Usually we bring a 6 pack to drink and share with other people who made it! We made it to the summit in a little under 2 hrs and stayed at the top for 45 minutes or so. Made it back to the car at 11:40 or so.
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Lovin' Colorado and can't wait for ski season!
PS. first time posting anything on here so hopefully these photos come out right?

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  • Comments or Questions (1)
hollamby


thanks     2011-07-29 16:25:59
thanks for reporting the conditions. Congrads



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