Tuesday, July 20, 2010

14er - Torrey's Peak

Our last and biggest activity in Colorado
was to climb our first 14er, Mt. Torrey.
The centerpieces of the Colorado Rockies are the 54 peaks over 14,000 feet, or “Fourteeners,” as they are affectionately referred to by climbers.
 Length: Approx. 8.5 miles roundtrip
Highlights: 14,000' summits, wildlife, amazing views!
Difficulty Rating: Advanced
Elevation Gain: Approx. 3,000 ft.
The Andersons and their sweet friend Tori
made the ascent with us.
I must say it was pretty cool to stand on snow
in the middle of July.
Thank goodness for their encouraging words
that spurred us on!
Here we are crossing over on the Gray's-Torrey's saddle

Aaahhh, so nice to sit and take a load off and
enjoy our reward...a breathtaking view!
We finally made it to the top in a little of 3 hours.
Their sweet pooch Kona pretty much ran the whole hike.
It was so funny to see the little dogs with their owners
making the climb.
I couldn't help but wonder if Mr. Toby had what it takes
to reach the top!
The weather at the top was so nice that we all
stopped and finished off our snacks.
20 minutes later we were back on the trail and
so glad to be getting to lower altitude.
Despite a touch of altitude sickness for Charlie
the climb was an amazing experience.
But I won't even play....
it nearly killed us!


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