Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  09/19/2011
Date Climbed:   09/18/2011
Author:  CO Native
 Two little girls brave the cold  

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I took my daughter and her cousin up Bierstadt this past Sunday. It turned out to be a pretty tough climb for them due to the cold but I was very impressed by their ability to push on even when they didn't really want to. Overall it was a great trip and these two (ages 7 and 8 ) did a great job on the mountain. They also helped renew some of my original enjoyment of hiking a 14er.

I learned one big lesson on this hike. If hiking a slope on a west face on a day with no chance of thunderstorms in the forecast but some cold weather, go ahead and start the hike a little later so that you won't be in the mountains shadow during the coldest time of day.

The hikers:

Conditions near the top:

Summit success

 Comments or Questions

VERY cool!
09/20/2011 13:54
Love it! Especially the vids of the glissade. The giggles are priceless.


Kudos to the kidos!
09/20/2011 04:28
What an awesome experience for them...and you. Wished my dad took me up a 14er back when I was that age.


Smiles are a good thing
09/20/2011 05:34
Great job getting them out there!! Doing the same with my kiddos and it does bring back the original enjoyment of climbing. My daughters bring much joy to me and its even better when we are out climbing and hiking, camping, fishing etc. Your experience looks like a great one and one they will surely remember and hopefully want to do more. Keep it up!!


09/20/2011 13:23
Awesome TR - lovely alpinistas!
Strong work, all!
Very cool you are giving them lasting memories and laying a lasting foundation for them on many levels!


Very nice
09/20/2011 14:53
Great trip report. Thanks for sharing.


One of the best TRs I have written in a while.
09/20/2011 17:40
Ellie, great job on the TR, first one I remember being written by the actual young climber and not the parents. Its great to hear your perspective and excellent, brief, clear descriptions of each photo! My daughter's neighborhood friend is named Ellie (Elinore) too. Good work on the mountain and I will be looking forward to more trip reports in the future.



Awesome report!
09/21/2011 18:34
Congrats to the ladies on such a fine hike! I love that they wrote their own report. FYI - if you view Square Top from the North (ie Mt Wilcox or Argentine), you'll see why it got it's name.


Nice TR
09/21/2011 22:31
Best TR I've seen so far! Good job girls!


Nice Work Young Ladies
09/22/2011 19:58
I saw your smiling faces on my way down. IN FACT, you caught me, the gray haired man in black stumbling down the rocks in your second picture just above you, struggling with the rocks and snow. Very much impressed!! Might have been the best part of the trip!!!

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