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Mt. Massive Hike

Prior to diving into the Mt. Massive hike I wanted to provide a quick introduction. This is a new territory for myself – sharing. Yeah I know – weird huh? A virgin to all social media services, I never had any desire to be part of the Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Snapchat experience. Not that I am a hipster who thought himself above or better than the individuals who connect or use these services. I understand their purpose – I get it. However it’s not who I am. I lack that emotional connection to want to share or be shared personal stories. Not that I don’t care about friends or acquaintances, I just don’t care enough to read, write, or post. With our South American trip looming Nate wanted us to begin writing about our experiences, to provide a portal to our future travels. I cannot promise that I will start narrating 140 word updates about the pork belly tacos I had on Tuesday night nor will I fill this blog with useful anecdote during our excursions. No promises, just an attempt to finally share and be shared.

With out much further ado…Mt. Massive

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Rogers Peak Lake and Heart Lake (Iceberg Lakes)

Trip length – 8.7 miles + (depends if you continue on to Iceberg Lakes over-look)
Elevation gain – 2,099 ft to Heart Lake
James Peak Wilderness

 

TIP: We set out to do the Iceberg Lakes hike, which includes Rogers Peak Lake and Heart Lake, however, due to inclement weather we stayed at the lake below Rogers Pass and the CDT (Rogers Pass Lake).

By the time I got home Friday from work the crew of three was waiting for me: Mike, Sara, and her Pops. We hastily packed the car and hit the road. It was a fun drive going up highway 72 to 119, which consisted of curvy, evergreen lined roads following the creek into the sunset. I surprisingly was the only one who was familiar with this route through the canyon as I had done it a few weeks back on the new motorcycle one Sunday morning. We made it to the bustling metropolis of Rollinsville, population of 181 per a 2010 census. The town was bitchin to say the least: a handful of rustic old wooden buildings, grub, a pharmacy, $2 PBRs, and foosball at the Stage Stop. After grabbing one last solid meal, we headed down the 8.2 miles of dirt track to the trailhead.

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Highland Mary Lakes

For years now, Justin and I have complained to each other, after the fact of course, that we didn’t do a backpacking trip over the extended 4th of July weekend. Well, this year we decided to change that and really maximize the long weekend. After calling the ranger station in Silverton to get the latest scoop on the conditions, we decided on a 10 mile loop of the Highland Mary Lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness over Ice Lakes Basin due to the latter being mostly frozen still. To add some icing to the cake we found out rafting was in order for the July 4th festivities with some of Sara’s friend in Durango.

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The Three Apostles

Huron Peak Hike

Huron Peak Hike

Date Climbed: 6/28/14
Difficulty: Class 2
Summit Elev.: 14,003 feet
Trailhead Elev.: 10,560 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
RT Length: 6.5 miles
Trailhead: Clear Crk./S.Winfield

This ended up being a last minute trip for us and we ended up driving out late Friday night to Buena Vista to camp by the trailhead, however, we were lucky enough to be graced with a beautiful alpenglow. I immediately instructed Nate to pull over and scrambled to gather my camera equipment. Not using it in 3-4 months due to being in for repair it was all a mess. Dead batteries in the remote, filters out of place, a filthy/dusty sensor, etc. I had about 10-15 minutes to get a good shot and a solid timelapse…the results were great.

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