Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  08/02/2006
Modified:  08/06/2006
Date Climbed:   08/02/2006
Author:  rwilson

I left Arvada at 5:40 on a beautiful morning with it being 63 degrees. Not much traffic as I was flying up I70 until Idaho Springs when I about hit 3 bighorn sheep that were standing on the white line on the road. They seemed unaware that I was staring at the river looking for fishing holes and not watching for sheep on the road. I was glad to reach the much mentioned construction down the road from the trailhead. I was glad because the rest of the road from Georgetown to the powerstation is terrible. I felt sorry for the guy in the saturn that was dodging potholes like he was driving a convoy in Iraq. after figuring out the stoplight at this time of morning was a joke, I reached the parking lot and was on trail at 6:55 with the temp 44 degrees. The summit was reached at 9:40 and I spent a lovely 40 minutes on top. Thanks again to the lady who was prepared with several sets of spare batteries. (pics courtesy of her) I learned to put a package of AA's in my pack. After a unhurried descent, I reached my truck at 12:40 with it being only 57 degrees. Excellent day for a climb!!!

Either Longs or Grays+Torreys next.

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