Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Date Posted:  07/12/2010
Date Climbed:   07/10/2010
Author:  hopeclimbing

 GRAYS PEAK-std- with 3 kids, 6, 9,12 and 39 MOM only  

GRAYS PEAK with 6, 9, 12 and 39 year old!

Saturday July 10, 2010
Driving away from Denver at 4:15 am. Dropped my husband in Evergreen for the Triple Bypass bike tour-he rode to Avon. Arrived 6:15am at Grays trailhead in regular, pretty low clearance 4wd but didn't need it Mercedes R350. Road is fine.
It was COLD! I think 41 degrees. It didn't warm up a whole lot all day, either. This was my 4th 14er and I hadn't experienced such a prolonged cold-the sky was cloudy by 9am and it was lightly hailing around 11am. We were ok in two sweatshirts, shorts with no gloves though.
Kids were great. There were periods of complaints-my 12 year old daughter wanted to quit before the first mile but rallyed for the remainder of the trip with some love and attention. My 9 year old son loved every second-especially taking pictures along the way. My six year old got a blister almost immediately. She walked with shoe heel under her foot for awhile, then the nicest stranger approached us, offered first aid, the liquid second skin, a band aid and she could walk in her shoe perfectly. THANK YOU!! Another group was carrying a ladder to the top-they made it and went on to Torreys-and they offered her a piggy back ride. She complained a lot-but her pride in the accomplishment was more than worth it. This is the summer our family tries things that look impossible-and that we want to quit-but we don't quit and we see our real power. It was perfect for this. Kids are super proud and so am I. I only recommend kids if you are TOTALLY not attached to gaining the summit. This only worked because I was super calm, never mean, never threatening. I bribed with Kit Kats and Starburst and tons of food and water and lots of stops. We were 3:30 up and 3 down. It's a LONG slog out with kids-so be prepared to sing songs, tell stories, entertain, count steps, play guessing games-otherwise they only focus on hike and are BORED. Totally worth it. All want to do another-none wanted to do Torreys-myself incuded!


 Comments or Questions

07/12/2010 13:31
i was up there on saturday, also, and saw the kid with the ladder. that was quite funny.


14ers with kids!
07/13/2010 14:45
you are ambitious! we were on bierstadt the same time you were on grays.
like you, we were not totally summit-focused, but we were determined. it was a great family experience.


Way to Go!
07/12/2010 19:46
I was up there Sunday and saw a family that included three young girls about your kids‘ ages. Learned later at BeauJo‘s that it was the first 14er for the two older ones, who summited with Mom, and the littlest one made it halfway with Dad.
What a great gift to give your kids: opportunities in and appreciation of the beauty of the outdoors, the mountains particularly.


Brings back memories ...
07/13/2010 04:16
Yeah, we played all the same games ... even $$ bribes! But the real breakthrough was when our kids got ipods! And 8 years later we are still at it as a family. Keep climbing ... the memories and stories are worth it!

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