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15 July 2007 @ 09:52 pm
Mount Evans  
So, climbed Mt. Evans today -- the closest fourteener to where I live, but only the tenth fourteener I've climbed (and it's not exactly a difficult one, either).

It was probably about the easiest fourteener I've ever done, and I'm completely sore and exhausted -- it really didn't seem so hard at the time. We did the Summit Ridge route up, and took the road down, for probably about seven miles, and maybe just shy of 2000 feet of vertical; hard to be entirely certain, though. A little fairly trivial bouldering in spots, at least once because I went the wrong way before realizing the trail went somewhere else. Probably took about six or seven hours round trip, but we didn't keep very good track, so it's hard to be really sure. We were pretty leisurely about things today, though.

Instead of being hot, this week it was windy (which equals cold). So, never zipped off the pants legs, and wore a jacket for the bulk of the day (I did take it off for a little while, before deciding that was a bad idea and put it back on).

Saw a whole bunch of mountain goats all over the place (and marmots and such, too), especially in the Summit Lake parking lot where we started. Got a few decent pictures of same (click though to see the rest of the pictures, of course):

Mountain goat against the sky:

 
 
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geniusofevilgeniusofevil on July 16th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
I love Mt Evans. I love any place where the wildlife thinks your going to feed them
asakiyumeasakiyume on July 16th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
Like those marshes at the very end.

When you say the clouds were coming in--did it end up raining? And you went back down the highway? Did you get caught in rain?
Douglas Triggs: wildflowersdoubt72 on July 16th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Not on us. It looked like most of the rain was on top and to the opposite side of the peak (south and west). By the time we got back to Lakewood, it was pretty much clear, and although there was some nasty looking stuff up towards Boulder, I don't think it rained down here much (if at all). I wasn't really paying much attention once I got back inside, though.