Peak(s):  Uncompahgre Peak  -  14,309 feet
Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
Post Date:  09/28/2012
Date Climbed:   08/10/2012
Posted By:  sgladbach

 Lake City with my Girls   

A TR seems like overkill but I wanted to post these pics!

My older daughter, Linda, is not into hiking, especially peak bagging! But, the counselors at Camp Redcloud (a christian camp near Lake City) coaxed her to the top of Mt. Redcloud and she was thrilled to tell me she'd made it! A few days later, she and I hiked Uncompahgre together. We were first on the trail and last off the mountain, but we made it while more fit hikers gave up, proving either its all mental or we are mental.

Linda expresses trepidation before Uncompahgre

With a Werther's to energize her, anything is possible!

We made it! Linda and Steve on the summit of Uncompahgre.

If you make me do this again, I'll rip your head off!

It's easier to go down!

Alise and I spent the week of her 13th birthday climbing 14ers near Lake City while Linda was at camp. Alise is much more into summiting peaks and we had a great time. We climbed San Luis, Redcloud and Sunshine. Then she suggested sunrise summits of Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn (Daddy made her wear the harness).

Hiking Uncompahgre. Daddy bought the hat. At least it's not ORANGE!

Snow equals winter, right? What's August got to do with it? Descending Uncompahgre after a sunrise summit.

Steve and alise on the Uncompahgre descent. The sun has finally hit our faces.

Getting ready for a sunrise hike of Wetterhorn

Sunrise on Uncompahgre viewed from wetterhorn

Daddy makes Alise accept a belay for the final pitch on Wetterhorn

Summit of Wetterhorn

Alise's favorites

Calf Elk

Indian paintbrush

Beauty is as beauty does

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  • Comments or Questions

sunrise from Wetterhorn     09/28/2012 18:34

Have heard many good things about you. I hopefully will have the opportunity to meet you someday sir!


Thx Steve     09/28/2012 18:43
I'm so happy you got out and climbed with your daughters. Thanks so much for sharing your photos. It's good to see you again..even if just in pictures.


Now you've done it...     09/28/2012 19:41
You obviously forgot to tell Linda that this stuff is _addictive!_
But: Congrats to her for persevering & getting started,
Congrats to Alise for pursuing those ultra-cool sunrise summits. (But, really, the rope & harness weren't necessary...) And, Congrats to _you_ for being such a great dad!


Congratulations to your young ladies!     09/28/2012 21:34
Thanks for sharing, Steve! Great to see young people and parents enjoying the mountains! Were there really that many Paintbrush still blooming in August?! An amazing meadow!


Ahhh, someday.     09/28/2012 21:48
I can't wait to do this with my boys someday! Great TR, Steve. Good to see you posting again.


So cool!     09/29/2012 03:06
I too cannot wait to get my kids out for some peaks! I really do enjoy these types of reports and whats more, from someone I've come to respect even if it's just through this board. Congrats to your daughters.

Kent McLemore

What is more rewarding....     01/24/2013 16:23
....than sharing the mountains with your children? Wonderful photos Steve.


Sweet!     09/29/2012 15:07
Thanks for sharing this Steve. It makes me smile to see your daughters and you together out in places where you feel most at home! Congratulations to Alise and Linda! Great to see her out there! Bravo.


Nicely done     09/29/2012 15:51
Some of my best memories are from climbing with my dad when I was young. Keep it up! You are making memories for your girls that will last a lifetime.


You're not making her do winter 14ers, are you     09/30/2012 03:54
Beautiful photos, heart-warming story - this TR has it all. Hearing about it was great, but reading the report and seeing the photos fills it all in. Great write-up, Steve.

You and the kids will treasure these photos for a long time to come.

It's nice to see the kids in one of your trip reports. You have a couple of beautiful girls, there, Dad!


Impressive!     09/30/2012 05:01
Great to see Linda enjoying Uncompahgre with you (love the summit Werther's shot!). Looks like you and Alise had an amazing birthday week. I'm glad to see you had such great times with your girls. I wish I hadn't been out of state and could have met up with you and Alise again. I really enjoyed hiking with her on Tab this past spring.


None!!!     10/01/2012 00:05
I am in one of the pics. Me is Linda!!!


Bringing your Kids up Right!     10/01/2012 12:00
Awesome report Steve, a rare report indeed to see a father encourage his kids to climb a big mountain, the lifetime of memories will never fade.

Linda, you are loved, I bet you had a great time at camp! Happy Birthday to you Alise

Maybe someday I will have the pleasure to meet you all!


Congrats!     10/01/2012 16:02
I'm sure you've made some incredible memories. Thanks for sharing.


Beautiful pictures!     10/03/2012 22:56
I wish I could get my boys To go! They just don't know what they are
Missing. Video games$&@?!
Way to go Dad and ladies !
Two tuff peaks with awesome views
Mountains I would go back to more than once


Very Cool     10/06/2012 16:56
It is very cool that you have the opportunity to hike with your children. The day you were on Longs recently for another member's finisher I was hiking Twin Sisters with my oldest son just before he moved to FL. It was a very special time that I won't soon forget. Congrats to you and your daughters on the summits! I'm sure you won't soon forget them either.

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