Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  02/06/2010
Date Climbed:   02/06/2010
Author:  Barrett Cooper

 14er rookie on Bierstadt  

Very seldom does one get to be part of something that will be remembered by another person forever. I got this chance to be a part of someone's memories today when my regular hiking partner Brian and I got to take a visiting coworker up on Mt Bierstadt. You see Shankar is from Bangalore India. He had never been in snow before visiting and had never been hiking before, literally. From the way he describes it to get to snow he would have to travel 2000km from Bangalore, and hiking is not a big activity around Bangalore because of the lack of open space and some unfriendly local fauna. So on his one free day here we get the bright idea to take him on a 14er. To Shankar's credit, he was very excited about going and the prospect of hiking in Colorado.

Trip report wise we started at the gate at the end of CR-62 out of Grant. The morning was cold and we had Shankar decked out in all our extra hiking clothes. Driving up the road to the gate he had thought about how he wanted to be sure to get pictures of the snow on the road because it was so neat. On the drive out he said he had enough snow pictures so no need to stop... Driving up was no problem in my 2wd Escape. The road was snow packed in places but was easily drivable as of today with about any car or truck (snow was in the forecast though so that may change).

It is about 1.5 miles up the road to the summer trailhead and is easy going as it is not deep and not steep.


Turning up the trail through the willows the snow is easily walked on as it is fairly well packed down. Just don't step off the trail or you will sink. Shankar got off a bit and said we had to get a picture of him in the deeper snow as no one would believe him if we didn't.

Ben the dog was waiting patiently for us all during the trip. Shankar took a liking to him because he actually had a Shepherd/Husky mix like Ben when he was growing up.

The trail was pretty good to our high point at 12,530.

At our high point we got a group shot and I must admit getting up to this point with Shankar was a better feeling than some of the summits I have hit.

It was a journey for him and a lot of fun for me to show off the Colorado I love. Over all I truly enjoyed hiking with Brian and Shankar. I think we beat up Shankar pretty good but he was smiling the whole way and was a lot of fun to hike with.

Final 2 cents I will give is that sometimes I forget just how much open space and outdoor activities we have here in Colorado. Get out there and enjoy it!

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 Comments or Questions

Nice job dad
02/07/2010 02:49
it must of been hard to climb up in this weather Huh?


Great Job
02/07/2010 05:24
Great story. Glad to see people still doing things like this.

Ridge runner

02/01/2011 00:24
That‘s really cool you got as much out of this trip as your friend did. I‘m sure he‘ll never forget that day. Thanks for sharing!

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