| Peak Challenge 2009- Dem/Lin/Cam/Bros
Peak Challenge 2009- Reclaim the Adventure
On July 26, 2009, approximately 90 men started out at the Kite Lake trailhead to hike the four peaks – Democrat/Cameron/Lincon/Bross. These men were all a part of Peak Challenge – an excursion put on each year by Band of Brothers men's ministry. You can check us out at
This year, we had men from the Omaha/Lincoln/Kansas City area as part of the experience. Our base camp was Windy Point Campground on the shores of Lake Dillon and from July 23rd through the 26th, we hiked, biked, ran whitewater, went jeeping, as well as many other activities. The focus however was spending time with God….. and hiking 14ers!
Here are some group shots of just a few of the 90 men.
We had a bit of a detour at the Kite Lake trailhead….. some of our guys took off up the Buckskin trail near the outhouses, thinking that they were on the right trail. It took us 40 minutes to chase down most of guys to let them know that the Kite Lake trailhead was ….. uh…. the other way! A bit of a wild goose chase to start out the morning, but a good warm up nevertheless!
Once we had corralled all of the guys on to the right trail, our goal was to get as many men as possible up and down the four peaks that day. As you can imagine, we had men whose hiking skill levels were all across the spectrum, from the newbie that had never been above 12,000 foot to the experienced hiker that had climbed 15+ 14,000 footers.
Democrat, as we heard, was like I-70 that morning, filled with people moving like ants up the grade towards the Democrat/Cameron saddle. Our guys were taught and reminded over and over again to leave no trace… hard to do with 90 men, but I think we did a good job at that.
For some guys, seeing and being in snow in late July was a new experience.
Here are some obligatory sign shots on the summit of Democrat – complete with our own laminated summit sign. Lots of folks wanted to use the sign, so we happily passed it to our 90 men and whomever else wanted to use it on top.
Not all men made the summits of all four peaks, but we did have a good number do so. Here are some additional shots of some of those peaks and those men. For some men, we had just hiked 6 14,000 foot peaks in two days.
Coming off Bross was a bit of a challenge, as many of us got caught in some sleet and rain showers as we headed down the scree piles to get back to Kite Lake. There at the bottom waiting for us was a crew of our men that had shish-ke-bobs and beer waiting at the campfire and grill area near the outhouses. What a great treat that was as we waited there, ate some food and cheered on our men (and quite frankly any other person) that was coming off the trail from Bross or from Democrat.
Next year will be the 5th annual Peak Challenge… and we are excited to spend another weekend in 2010 in Summit County and beyond hiking 14,000 foot peaks! We are expecting more than 100 men next year...
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