Peak(s):  Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
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Date Climbed:   08/14/2005
Author:  vic

My parents, both in their late 60s and Colorado natives, got it in their minds that they wanted to bag their first 14er, so they picked Mt. Bross. I offered to accompany them to serve as sherpa and moral support. They have both become very active walkers in the past few years but never anything at this level. Mom had back surgery last year and Dad broke his ankle this spring, but they were still eager to give it a try.

August 7th we drove up in the afternoon and got our first look at the mountain from Hoosier Pass. It was a bit daunting. After driving the Buick up the road to the Dolly Vardin trailhead to have a look around, we went back to the hotel in Frisco. Up early Monday morning and we hit the trail at about 7:15. It was a perfect morning with out any other cars in the lot and no visable concerns about tresspassing. Up to windy ridge we made good time, it looked like we were on a good pace to be on top by noon. Then came the grueling switchback section up to Dolly Vardin mine. This was harder than we expected. The road steeper and looser, and the switchbacks longer. It got a little confusing just above Dolly Vardin mine. So many paths/ jeep trails to choose from and we wanted to take the easiest route. It was about 11:45 when we got up to the mine, and it seemed like there was no way we would make it by noon. From the topo map it looked like wed made it to about 13,400 when we decided to turn back. Seeing some 4-wheelers motor past was sure tempting to hitch a ride, but we still have our pride intact.

Going down was easier on Mom but harder on Dad, but we managed to hit the car by 2:30. Tired but not defeated, Im sure well return and bag it. Our defete will only make the reward sweeter. Now they know what to expect and how to prepare a little better.

Im very proud, and hope Ill be capable of the same in 30 years.

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