Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Post Date:  08/10/2006
Date Climbed:   07/07/2006
Posted By:  frank boal


 bierstadt-bierstadt trail (quanella pass)  

my wife is in the process of training for the pike‘s peak marathon on august 20th...and being flatlanders..that means little or no altitude training..so she decided to test herself..and kill me in the process..
we drove overnight from the kansas city, mo. area thursday night july 6th into friday morning july 7th....ate breakfast in georgetown...and hit the mt bierstadt trailhead by 8 a.m....it was out of the car and onto the trail..nothing like hiking a 14er on no sleep!
everything was fine until we hit the 13,000 foot mark...i really started to struggle...my wife was fine..climbing steadily ahead of me..i fell a hundred feet behind but kept climbing..there was a point where i sat down on the mountain and said to my self...frank...you‘re not going to make it..but after taking a rest..i started back up and suddenly felt better...we climbed together from that point and made the summit..believe it or not..it was my first 14er...at age 59...
we spent about 20 minutes on the top..taking pictures and eating lunch...then we headed back down...
by the time we hit the lower part of the mountain..my wife was now running down..headed for the parking lot....she‘s ready for pike‘s peak!!
our ambition cost us two days later.....still hurting from bierstdt..we were going to try the 13 mile round trip up mt. massive...it was raining and the top was shrouded in fog..we got to the 13,100 foot mark before looking at each other and saying..no way....
the 14ers give..the 14ers take away...but it was worth the effort..



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