Thursday, September 10, 2009
A Labor (Day) of Hiking
The plan was to meet in Estes Park at 7 AM Sunday and head up to Fall River Road - the original dirt road in RMNP to the top of the continental divide. I had never been on this road before and it was quite beautiful early in the AM - not so much later in the day when the hordes of traffic slowly worked it's way up higher. Regardless, we were on trail by 8:30 AM for a nice day of Class 1 hiking to 3 summits. As it turned out, Patrick was fighting a bit of the bug and stop at the top of Chapin. After some food/water, Karen and I continued to Chiquita (banana) and summited our second peak for the day. We met a RMNP ranger/Search & Rescue ranger on top who politely asked us how far we were planning to go. We said due to questionable weather in the area this was it - he concurred and wish us well. We had a nice lunch on summit (photo) and then worked our way back down the mountain in periodic rain and 1 thunder-boom. Patrick and Shannon were resting at the car...from there back to Estes Park through the elk jams.
Afterwards, Karen and I grabbed pizza and brew at Oskar Blues and enjoyed hanging on the porch until time to travel home. All in all a great weekend! Next weekend - Challenger/Kit Carson!!! Climb On!