Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  07/06/2011
Modified:  07/07/2011
Date Climbed:   07/02/2011
Author:  theSandbox5
 Bierstadt - 3 in car seats...  

This isn't your typical step-by-step trip report of Mt. Bierstadt. We knew before we set the alarm clocks at home for 3:30 AM that our trip report would be different from any we had read before. We fully expected it to take at least twice as long as the typical hiker, and that was perfectly fine with us!

G'mornin' Bierstadt - 6:55 AM

We parked our XTerra with three kiddy car seats inside at 7:10 and headed for the trailhead. We are: Daddy, Mommy, "Nana" (6), "Bear" (5) and "A" (2 1/2). You'll know us when you see us! Our packs are heavy with tons of water, animal crackers, diapers, Band-Aids and kid's clif bars; and our kiddos sing and chatter while they hike!

We sloshed through some mud and got the whole crew over the stream without incident. We opted for the log "bridge" because the rock crossing to the left looked slick. Waterproof boots and wool socks were just the precaution we needed.

Mud! Glorious Mud!!

Here's our favorite picture of the day:

"Nana" looking ahead at the summit

Hiking a 14er with little ones is full of special memories, but we have to thank anyone who was hiking July 2nd between 7 AM and 5 PM. The people we met and talked with were wonderful. To hear so many people encourage our children and tell them how proud and impressed they were was fantastic! To all the doggies that let our kids pet you... you made it special too! AND -a special congratulations to the couple that got engaged on the summit while we were up there! Yay! We were blessed to witness your unforgettable moment!

Our First Summit!

Our trek down was uneventful. The kids reminded us at least 100 times that we had promised them ice cream after we summited! We're grateful that the kids kept their hoodies on, because Daddy and Mommy's arms, despite sunblock, got toasty on the way back down.

We hope this trip report encourages you to go for the summit!
Happy Trails!

Trail Head: 7:10 AM
Summit: 12:20 PM
Descent: 1:40 PM
Parking Lot: 5:20 PM
Ice Cream at Red Robin: 8:30 PM

Mountain High Mudd Pie!

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

07/07/2011 14:51
wow...congrats on the summit and + lil ones!


Well Done!
07/10/2011 21:19
Such an adorable family! I love that you are giving your children the gift of the outdoors. Love the photos! The mountain of ice cream at the end was hilarious! Happy Trails!


07/11/2011 05:57
Thanks guys! It's awesome that the kids totally love it too! Hiking is such a great life-time sport that we can all enjoy together!

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