| October Snow
I had planned on hiking Harvard, Columbia on Saturday and then Yale on Sunday. I left Laramie, WY Friday afternoon. After listening to weather reports on the radio, I was excited for the big 1-2' of snow the upper elevations were supposed to get.
I arrived at the trailhead at oh around quarter past dark. I pulled out my tent and then realized one of my friends had my rain fly back home. So I ended up sleeping under the stars for a while. Until it started sleeting and then I crawled into my jeep.
I set my alarm for 4am, so naturally I woke up at 6. I hit that trail at 7 exactly. I think, ha, my phone goes back n forth with the time for some reason. There was no one else in the parking lot, and I thought it might be my first time on a 14er w/o seeing anyone. It was cloudy when I started:
The trail up to treeline was a real gentle slope, which was nice, but also kinda lame. It was sleeting most of the time.
As far as I could tell, this/these were the only pre-exsisting snow conditions.
Muah. In pretty nice weather. Yes it's a cotton t-shirt, and cotton pants. I had underarmour on though. And no my trekking poles, which were brand new 10$ pieces of shit from walmart that broke in several places, weren't supposed to match my shirt.
Right about hur, the snow/clouds came in. Bear Lake to the right.
Atop the first steeper slope:
It wasn't snowing that hard, but the wind was brutal and the visibility sucked. So I was a little nervous which made things exciting.
One clear view of the summit:
Wish I had ascended this:
Yay! ~11:30-12~ ha. #7, I had to stop and actually count what others I have done. Bout time!... The wind was brutal up here. I chilled for a little bit and then started my descent. It was snowing pretty good, but it wasn't sticking cuz the wind blew it all away.
Descent, signs of life:
I was excited to see this couple braving the storm on my way down. I stopped and talked to them for a little bit. The guy was asking me about my post on 14ers.com, which was cool, I shoulda got his name. After like 5 mins of walking away from each other, I could barely see them. I hope they had good luck:
Approaching treeline. It rained the whole hike out once I got to the woods. Yale in the background??????:
I got back to my jeep at around 2ish. I decided not to attempt Mt. Columbia because my clothes and boots were pretty wet. (oh boohoo). Yah I just pussed out b/c of the storm. It was pouring at the trailhead. and sat around for about an hour in my jeep contemplating whether I wanted to stay for the night. I decided to go home, mainly because I had a tent, but no rainfly, which wouldn't really work in the rain, dur. And I didn't wanna sit crammed up in my jeep for 16+ hours.
It was a pretty good time. The weather was no where near as bad as I thought it would be. But still, it was nowhere near pleasant.
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