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 Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
 Post Date:  07/07/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/24/2009
 Posted By:  outdoordad

 Princeton - main route   

Since this was my first 14er I guess it goes without saying this will be my fisrt trip report. I have to say I‘m hooked. We left the Denver metro area at O dark thirty or something like that. The drive up was pleasent with no road construction or anything. Decided to park at the radio towers and hike up from there. Could have cut some mileage off as there are a few pull-offs up the road to park but the walk on the road was nice to get the blood flowing. We left the road and followed the trail near the stairs.

We then began our trek up the talus towards the ridgeline that is around 12,800 feet. Be watchful as the trail divides between the old lower trail and the current upper trail. The old one is closed off with piled rocks but is easy to miss. Once you get on top of the ridge, hold your breath. Its worth the price of admission as the view of Mt. Antero is awsome. We continued across the ridge to the summit before the clouds started rolling in after noon. The trail becomes somewhat scarce in places so look carefully for cairns. There is no snow to speak of, just a few little patches you can walk around. The rain hit on the return and the rocks got slippery. I demonstrated proper mountain ass-falling several times for my partner. For his enjoyment, of course.

I did learn something I wanted to pass along. I am in decent shape and have prepared for this trip. Due to some personal issues I have not been sleeping and my diet has suffered. I crashed mentally and physically on the way back. I know better next time. Take your diet and rest seriously. A good climbing partner makes all the difference. Thanks OnMyWay for the help. Never thought a trekking pole could be such a motivator!



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