Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hiking the Snow Mountain

After finally getting used to the altitude and thinner air, I explored some mountains!

I've been at YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch, my new home and place of work, for about a month now and felt as if it's time to explore more of the immediate property that sits in the Arapahoe National Forest. Nearby Snow Mountain, also called Sheep Mountain, has five distinguishable peaks offering stunning views of Rocky Mountain National Park off in the distance, the Fraser Valley area, and on the close horizon the Continental Divide and Berthoud Pass. 
I reached out to my friend Chris, who works in conference services, to meet me at the trailhead. Our local weather forecast for Granby, Colorado called for a thunderstorm with snow set to happen around five or six o'clock, so our timing was a bit crucial on this hike. The fairly faint trail rose steeper and our path was soon crossing over a fresh blanket of snow At our stopping point on top of simply named Peak 2, we were standing at about 10,336ft. Dark clouds crept across the neighboring ridges, causing temperatures to drop and the wind grow in strength. Better to play it safe, we headed down.

Next up on my goal list is probably to climb a 12-footer (12,000 ft) or 13-footer, perhaps even Berthoud Pass in the snow or Devil's Thumb. Woot, I'm excited! Also, my GoPro HD Hero captured a few great pictures.