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 Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
 Post Date:  06/03/2011
 Date Climbed:   06/03/2011
 Posted By:  higherisbetter

 West Slopes   

This was my first attempt at hiking a 14er and let me tell you it was so worth it! I didn't follow the trail up, even though you cannot see the whole trail due to snow, I followed some foot prints straight up the mountain. I started my solo hike at 7:40 am and reached the summit by 9:40 am. The summit was not too windy I was up for about twenty minutes and was accompanied by two others after about ten minutes.

On my decent down I followed the trails as much as I could. Once I reached the bottom of the mountain I started to sink into the snow from shin high to a few times waist high. I do not have snow shoes so I managed to deal with it. I was wet waist down by the time I go to my car.

All in all it was an amazing hike and I cannot wait to attempt more 14ers.


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  • Comments or Questions (4)
zdero1


Congrats!     2011-06-03 17:47:55
Congrats on your first summit! Had my first CO 14er summit in April and there's just nothing like it! Looking to do Bierstadt or Evans this Sunday so thanks for the info!


ilium


Right on!     2011-06-03 18:46:43
Congratulations on a solo success!


Nelson


you the man!     2011-06-03 20:36:16
Congrats!

Keep doing your homework and you'll have years of fun.

Nelson


anasarca76


Nice work!     2011-06-12 20:28:00
That is very cool that you soloed your first 14er! Oh and a little hint, if you get some synthetic pants and maybe some gaters it will help out with the wetness... or at least let you dry faster! I speak from experience as I did my first 5-6 or so with jeans and sweatshirts Proper clothing really does help. Happy climbing!



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