Bierstadt/Evans via Guanella Pass - 14 14ers for Alzheimer's
This was the first summit for 14 14ers for Alzheimer’s. 14 14ers for Alzheimer’s is a charity event I have started in order to raise awareness (and hopefully a little money) about Alzheimer’s Disease, in dedication to my Grandma (who has Alzheimer’s) and my Aunt Theresa who has been by her side through it all. The event is not about how many peaks I can summit, it is more about getting people to join me and showing how many people are touched in some way by this disease.
We left the parking lot (which was just about full), around 7AM and started off from the Guanella Pass Trailhead. There was 10% chance of storms, but for the entire hike it was a beautiful Colorado blue bird day. It was a pretty busy day, with a lot of friendly hikers enjoying the sunshine!
Didn’t hit any snow until the final push to the summit, but that was completely manageable.
We summitted in a little under 2 hours. The winds were very strong on the summit and I saw a lot of people in shorts and t-shirts. All I want to say is dress in layers, you’ll be able to stay on top longer and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Here’s the group at the summit of Bierstadt. Thanks to all who joined!
A few of us were determined to get to Mount Evans as well, for the summit as well as the excitement of crossing the Sawtooth. I had climbed Bierstadt before, Jeff had climbed Mount Evans, and the rest were climbing their first 14er- so none of us had hiked (scrambled, mountaineered?) the Sawtooth. It was so much fun and exhilarating at points.
View of the Sawtooth, besides one spot (video below), there wasn’t any snow on the Sawtooth that would cause any problems/dangers. Early summer…
The one place we did encounter snow was just below the summit of Bierstadt where we had to cross what remains of the snow field above Summit Lake. My friend Preston and I were wearing pants, so we glissaded down! A lot of fun, but remember to check your speed, there’s boulders at the bottom. Watch Preston:
I ran into Ryan (Kushrocks) on the Sawtooth, both wearing our purple Alzheimer’s Association shirts. Great to run into you!
We summitted Mount Evans fairly easily. But again, it was very windy while hiking along the ridge. Hold on!
Me on the summit of Mount Evans, dedicated to my Grandma and Aunt Theresa. (photo 7)
We returned by going down a gulley (steep and full of loose rock/dirt, but very manageable) that was at the bottom of an open area between Evans and Mount Spalding. At the bottom we had a frustrating time hiking through the plant growth and muddiness at the bottom of the two peaks. While it was frustrating, it’s all part of the adventure and I loved it! We were back to our cars at 6PM making the round trip in 11 hours. Thanks to all who came in support!
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