Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Mt. Sherman  -  14,036 feet
Date Posted:  09/17/2019
Date Climbed:   08/18/2019
Author:  IowaWillyRH3
 6-14er's in 9 days.   

I arrived at Guanella Pass on August 17th expecting to find a camp sight but the "LongBoard Races" were in full swing and I was out of luck. I drove to the trailhead of Grays and Torreys and grabbed a camp sight for the night. The next day I headed out alongside a lot of other hikers. It was windy but the skies were clear. I helped a young lady cross a snow pack on the trail, she was unsteady on her feet due to the snow melting and forming some patches of ice. It was a bit slippery. The peak was windy and crowded but the views were worth it! The trail was good and there were workers repairing lower sections as I made it back to the trail head. The overall hike for Torreys on August 18, 2019, was 6 hours and 50 minutes. The road from the Highway to the trailhead is rough but I watched a Charger R/T pull into the parking lot soooh! You can probably make it unless your driving a Corvette Z06
My next hike was Bierdstadt (August 20, 2019)and I started fairly early (about 6:30 a.m.) and again the trail was clear and easy to follow until you get to the mini-boulder field (about a half mile from the summit) and then it is a "pick your best line" kind of thing. Once again there were a good group of people (20-30?) and the weather was perfect, with very little wind. My plan was to hike from Bierdstadt via the Sawtooth to Evans and back along the Scott Gomer Creek/Gulch, but time and clouds were my issue. I watched Youtube video's of the Sawtooth but no one else was hiking it and route finding is not my strength, I'm a newby. I looked for a long time and thought about it, but as the clouds increased I decided to wait for another day. I must also admit that this being day 3 of being above 10,000 feet, I was feeling the altitude. I went from 952 feet elevation to sleeping at the trailhead in less than 24 hours and Guanella Pass Campground is 10,900 feet. Walking around at altitude for the first 3 days was difficult. My next stop was The trailhead at Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross. I camped on August 21, 2019 at 12,200 feet, it was beautiful, and the stars were unbelievable. All the camp sites were spoken for but Spencer and his friends let me pitch a tent at their site. I paid the parking fee and at about 6:30 a.m. hit the trail with alot of other hikers. I hiked Democrat last year with my wife so my plan was to complete the other three. It was unbelievably windy that day and I should have remembered to stay on the four wheeler road to summit Bross. I added what seemed to be 2 miles and 2,000 feet of hiking by sticking to the trail. Summit date: August 22, 2019, 5 hours and 30 minutes to summit all three. Horse Shoe Campground was my next stop. The water pump was broke so I had to go to Four mile Campground to obtain water and the toilets are ... yuck. I drove to the trail head near the Dauntless Mine, parked and headed for Mt. Sherman. Sherman was the windiest summit that I have experienced. I would guess winds of 35 mph sustained with gusts above that; the hike was not "fun". I was getting tired but was acclimating to the altitude well. I had cell phone service at the summit and called friends and interseting to me, the summit was less windy. It was the saddles along the ridge that were so windy. The round trip was about 4.5 hours and the trail can get difficult to follow because at the windy section along the ridge, other hikers have started a trail on the east side of the ridge to get out of the wind. Unfortunately it ends at different points and you either back track or pick your scramble line. I went back to Horseshoe and stayed one more night, tore down camp and headed back to the cornfields of Iowa. It was an epic journey for me and I made several friends at the Guanella Pass Campground including the hosts by handing out some Iowa Sweet Corn. However next year, I am taking the camper. This old body does not like sleeping on the ground (even if it was for two nights) or sleeping on a cot for 7 nights- is not for me either. All in all, 5 star recreation and the views for 9 days ..... priceless! p.s. I had some trouble posting all of my information the first time as well as photo's. When I logged back in and found the "dislike" thumbs it encouraged me to fix the things that I overlooked. Thanks, to the negative Nancy's out there, it pushes me ..... FORWARD!

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