Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  07/28/2012
Date Climbed:   07/26/2012
Author:  PV1530
 Holy Cross with 3 Kids  

I was a bit nervous about taking 3 kids (10, 11 & 12 years) up Holy Cross. It was the only possible one-day hike left on my son's list. This would be 14er #39 for him. I knew his 10yr old sister could make it if I had enough snack and reward incentives. We also had a 12 year old German exchange student visiting us who,we were told, was an avid outdoorsman. Onward!

We began hiking at 6:40 am in chilly but perfect weather. Image I asked one kid to start his stop watch and asked him to yell out each time we hit and hour so we could take a snack and hydration break. The Half Moon trail was a pleasant ease into the day Image and Image. We were so suprised at how quickly we came over Half Moon Pass and started to descend down to the E. Cross Creek. The switchback trail was steep & scenic Image The creek crossing was fun. The trail splits on the other side with no obvious direction so I was happy to have the trip report with me (you take the trail on the left). We wove through the camp sites and headed upward. From here on the hike was steep and much tougher. Image The kids were showing signs of fatigue. I encourged them to get to tree line where we would break out my secret weapon - 5-Hour Energy bottles.

Once we got to the ridge, the five-hour energy kicked in and we finally were in full-view of the summit. Image Although the trail was challenging and steep, the kids loved being able to watch their progress towards the summit.

The final push for the summit had no obvious trail so each of us just kept our eye on the goal and found the best possible way up. Had to use all 4's. The kids loved this part (they are all avid rock climbers). At 11:30 we were on top and enjoyed lunch with no threatening weather in sight. Image

We decided to make a goal of breaking 10 hours. The kids were still wired on caffeine (no caffeine allowed at home) and talked my ear off the whole way down. I had a hard time keeping up! Image We took a snack break at the creek, checked the time and got excited that we were still on pace to break 10 hours. The ascent back up to Half Moon Peak was steep and tough as the afternoon sun was hot! Image Amazing to look back at the summit and know we had just been there for lunch! Image Finished in 9 hrs 45 with energy to spare! (Them, not me!)

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 Comments or Questions

07/29/2012 02:59 you all for bagging one of my favorite mountains! What a super way to get some exercise with the kids! 5-hour energy drinks, huh? I'll have to try that! Thanks for sharing!


What an accomplishment!
07/29/2012 05:23
I think we must have crossed paths on our way in to East Cross Creek on Thursday, we were going up Half Moon and you were descending on your way back. Congratulations on the climb, it is a tough one from the parking lot!


12 y/o with 39???
07/29/2012 15:33
i'm so jealous! what a great parent you must be.


07/29/2012 18:06
Thanks, Folks! I'm just so impressed with the kids and the attitude they had. Each had their struggling moments but kept quiet and pressed on. Toekramp - Max wants you to know he's 11, not 12. His goal is to finish them by 12. Kuddos go to my husband who did most of them with him. Chicago Basin is next for us!

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