Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  07/13/2011
Date Climbed:   07/13/2011
Author:  Vanderau
 Our first summit together  

Our First Summit Together

After doing much research, online and otherwise, we decided that Mt Bierstadt would be the easiest 14er to summit.

We tried to hike Mt Bierstadt the previous Wednesday, but the weather thwarted us; we heard thunder at the last wood-post trail marker, and decided to turn around whilst the storm surrounded us.

The weather in Georgetown was looking good for the rest of the day when we headed out from Denver around 0530, with only a chance of mid/late afternoon thunderstorms.

We got to the trailhead and on the trail around 0730 with the rest of the late morning bunch. There were many more people that I was expecting for a Wednesday morning (we snagged the last spot in the lower lot), especially with it raining in Georgetown until nearly 0400 Wednesday morning.

The trails were a bit sloppy as we got underway, especially down in the marshes, and both of us were glad that we opted to wear our hiking boots instead of the normal trail running shoes. The river was running a little high as expected, but we didn't have much difficulty crossing the rocks.

After only a few breaks, we were at the last wood-post trail marker, and took a slightly longer break to eat a snack bar, drink some water, and catch our breath. I couldn't resist the urge to take a few pictures of the gorgeous wildflower meadows. Climb, climb, climb, a couple pictures of Cyd with The Sawtooth in the background, and before we knew it, we were at "the steep part." This was where Cydney first asked if she could wait for me here, then said that she would meet me at the car.

Reminding her that we weren't in a rush and we would just hike at her speed allowed her to keep pushing up the mountain. She was doing great! This was only her second attempt to summit a 14er, and she was feeling slightly confident since we hadn't been passed by more than a handful of people.

While hiking up the stream to the summit, I took a few more pictures of the flora near the top of the tundra. Cydney LOVED hiking through the small boulder field, and straight up to the snow pack. While taking a shot of Frozen Lake, I noticed a raven surfing the currents. Pushed the rest of the way to the top and found the completely water-logged summit log.

Took a few more shots to make a panorama, had some other people that summited take a shot of us, then we started heading down!

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