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Old 07-02-2007, 03:46 PM   #1
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On The Road Again #1 - Mt. Yale

I hope ya'll know I'm hiking these mountains to give you guys some inspiration.

This was Mt. Yale in Colorado - only about 7 miles round trip, but a 4,300 ft elevation change, and about 9.5 hrs hiking time - 14,196ft high. This is a grade 2 hike with some minor boldering at the very top.

The picture is from the very top. I don't know if it is just me but it looks as if you can see the curvature of the earth in it.

The beer tasted great when I got back to the RV. Funny but I wasn't that hungry afterwards.

The photo isn't that dramatic but it was an accomplishment for me. I was moving slow and I was getting passed by many people. There was some cross country high school kids who made it to the top in about 2.5hrs

I'm resting up for another mountain tomorrow.
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Old 07-02-2007, 03:50 PM   #2
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Like it! Thanks for the inspiration. Makes me want to take a deep breath of Colorado High.
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Congrats, Dex. I bet that's a tough climb. We did Mt. Shasta when I was about 35. That was about the same height, and was one of the toughest things I ever did. I remember that above 11,000 feet or so it was, take three steps, feel lousy, rest, repeat.

Did you need crampons? Did you get altitude sickness?
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:18 PM   #4
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beautiful pic dex, i think the highest mountain i was on was only about 6,000 ft but we didn't hike; we took the harley up to the mount wilson observatory--i think in pasadena area. i'd never been up so high. loved it. i'll never forget going through some layer of air where all of a sudden the temp dropped and the air got real crisp. it was like entering the anti-florida.

later this month i'll be in the great smokey mountains. gonna bring my mountain bike. will be the first time my mountain bike has ever been on a mountain. should be fun.
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Impressive indeed. Last time I hiked a trail up a mountain in the Vail area, I was sucking air big time. And it was only a 3 hour round trip hike.
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Thanks for the compliments. But I really do post these things for people to think about RE. The older you get the harder it is to do somethings. Now on this hike there was a guy who looked older than me and doing well. He looked like he was a trail runner.

I was sucking air as I was going up. My hart wasn't pounding or anything. I think I just too dumb to think that I shouldn't be doing these things.
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