Peak(s):  Six, Pk  -  13,705 feet
Date Posted:  07/21/2007
Modified:  07/22/2007
Date Climbed:   07/20/2007
Author:  Charla aka Chulabelle
 London Pub Peak via the Six Pack Route   

First, let me say, Friday's "Denverite-Ascent" was outstanding. (Since the "required data" consisted of a peak name - in this case, we'll call it our TH name - I took the liberty of choosing Six-Pack as the preferred animal-of-choice.)

We Denverites came out full force, fighting through the crowds of rush hour; not-so-well maintain trails, and a variety of switchbacks, all leading to the ever-so-high and ever-so-beautiful London Pub Peak via the Six-Pack TH located just east of Downtown Denver off Colfax.

When I (Charla aka chulabelle) arrived at the summit at 18:15, I was greeted by four smiling faces (all glad to be there). First there was Marty (Marty); her adventure took a turn-for-the-worst when she found it impossible to locate the 4-wheel drive parking lot and ended up having to hike the entire road - adding several long, dreary miles to her hike - but she still managed to have a smile on her face and even wolfed down a handsome burger and fries while soaking in the view.

Second was Scott (mots010); he was grateful to find a nice flat rock to rest his weary, worn-out body on after his mentally-challenging hike from LoDo to Colfax where he fought off "25 hungry bears!" Third was Sean (skerrana); he found the last mile of the ascent so scary he crawled his way to the top. And fourth was Adam (avs88fan); he left before he even signed the register!

I was in good spirits though I found the switchbacks from the Lake-woods long, hot, and full of people. When I reached the summit, I not only met up with the above four Denverites, but I found my husband, Scott, who came from the south via the easy route of I-25 and beat me to the top! ( )

The six of us engaged in conversation, enjoyed the view and re-hydrated. We were soon joined by Derek (dfreed83) who not only put this whole trip together but was running late because he had to backtrack due to a pack of wolf-like squirrels!

April (specialred) and her boyfriend, Dan, soon joined the rest of us as we settled into the calm, easy-fun of knowing we had escaped the "Rat-Race" and "bagged" the first peak of the weekend. April brought her camera and joined me in creating special moments from the heights of London Pub Peak.

Many more Denverites crested the great mountain and grabbed their spot at the top - Among those who brought-up-the-rear were Chris (krz2fer), Ryan, Melissa, and Heather; they bushwhacked their way through the willows of the Highlands and made record time in catching up with the rest of us that were enjoying the views from London Pub Peak. We were later joined by Adam (ajkagy) who bouldered his way to the summit; Collin (astrobassman), Ryan, and Andrea who took the Golden Triangle Route; Shari (shari3100) who had her last snicker bar stolen by wildlife as she hiked through Cheesman Park; Clay (higherhigher) who transversed Colfax with ease, and Jessica (jessica) who was late because her friend developed altitude sickness, threw-up, and had to abort the climb. BTW - Jessica, we're glad you were able to take care of your friend and still make it to the top!
(If I forgot anyone, I apologize; the glare from the Long-Island Sunset was starting to blur my vision!! =)

Needless to say, we had a wonderful time eating, drinking, talking, making new friends, and just plain loving the feeling of yet another peak to add to our list of accomplishments!! The music was good, the food was better, the drinks were cheap, and the mosquitoes...well, there weren't any!!!

My husband and I made our descent around 21:00 and noticed most everyone stayed to enjoy the scenery.
Good job, everyone! What a great turnout and what a way to climb!

Though most of us are from other states, we agree that being a Denverite is a wonderful thing and we absolutely love living in this great state. I'm sure we'll (Denverites) hike again. Maybe we'll post it on the calendar as a monthly ascent via the crazy-cross-roads that lead to 5,280 feet above sea-level. Oh, and if any of you "highlanders" want to join us, feel free...just make sure you take the time to acclimate!

Cheers to all!! London Pub Peak, Denver-style!

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Comments or Questions

Next time...
07/23/2007 18:55
Great report, hilarious! Wish I could have made it, looks like everyone had a lot of fun. Next time


Too funny
11/30/2010 17:28
I like the way wrote this....”switch backs from the Lake-woods” Very witty! Would've joined you but was trudging up S Colony Lakes road. SoL pub has some great Irish Whiskey


Looked like a crowded summit!
11/30/2010 17:28
Too bad I was playing on Mt Evans that day, I'm hoping to make the next one. Might need to pick peaks on several ”ranges” (south/DTC, North/Boulder, etc) next time!


02/05/2011 00:22
job with the TR! It definitely was a cool time meeting new people. We'll have to get a calendar event setup for next month's ascent!

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