Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  09/04/2010
Date Climbed:   09/04/2010
Author:  oldschool
 Holy Cross with a gun!  

Kinda standard.....drove out last night from Grand Junction, slept at the trailhead......only a few parking spots left......and got NO sleep! Woke to the sounds of a semi-automatic weapon being know, that sound of a slide on the top of a 9mm being slid! An undeniable sound..not one I expected. Woke to find another hiker going solo and protecting himself! Started at 5:00am with headlamps, with the guy with the gun no less! Said his wife wanted him to try his best to find a partner so I was it! He and his wife just had a baby so I guess the wife has something to protect. Nice guy..we made good time. I sort of out-paced him after a bit and went on my way. Made it to the top with the second summit of the day. Another guy passed me and my gun-toting friend like he had a damn motor in his pack! Need less to say he passed me on his way down as I was started the final scree field to the top. Figure he made it to the top in 3 hrs. I made it in 4 hrs, with my dog! Chilled on top for 20 minutes then down. Passed my friend on the way down, as well as at least 100 people heading up! BUSY!!!! Down in 2 1/2 hrs. Good day, a tad windy. Ready for Cap-Snowmass now!

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 Comments or Questions

Packing heat
09/05/2010 18:38
If he wanted to protect himself, he would have been better off with a radio and extra water.


Packing water too!
09/05/2010 20:50
Oh he had water...LOTS! He ended up dropping off a 3 liter Camelback about 2 miles into the hike. He still had another 3 liter Camelback with him. I picked up his least 40 lbs!


Carrying a firearm
09/05/2010 23:03
It's more polite to load one in the chamber inside the car, then get out. That way no one is alerted to the sound of a gun being loaded. No biggie - probably a more respectable person than many idiots you'll find camping along 4WD roads with a truck-load of ammunition to blast through. I remember camping up in Grizzly Gulch (Torreys) and hearing gunfire for hours from at least 5 different firearms. Probably spent all of their SSI ”Disability” benefits on ammo.


Motor in the pack
09/09/2010 14:38
That was me...Took me a little less than three hours to ascend from the trailhead. Beautiful day but I didn't want to spend it all away from the wife, so I hauled some butt. Climbed Evans on Monday, that was a whole different story, winds like I have never seen before. My companions up the mountain decided to get a ride down from the top. I had the right gear so climbed down by myself. 8)

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