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Elbert And Massive

Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, from Uncle Bud's Hut

Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, from Uncle Bud's Hut

This black & white photo shows the great view of Colorado’s two highest peaks, Mt. Elbert (14,433 ft) and Mt. Massive (14,421 ft), from the porch of Uncle Bud’s Hut (11,380 ft), near Leadville, CO last month.

Mt. Massive was the first 14er I ever attempted, in July 1992, when I lived in Denver. We got up above 13,000 feet when a big storm rolled in (we actually got it on video, I’ll have to find that!), and we turned back; so I didn’t actually make the summit. Shortly thereafter, Mt. Elbert was my first successful 14er summit on 7/26/1992.

Taken 9/21/2008.


Pyramid And Bells

Pyramid Peak and Maroon Bells from Buckskin Pass

Pyramid Peak and Maroon Bells from Buckskin Pass

Yesterday’s photo showed the view from the start of the hike; so, this one shows the view from the top of Buckskin Pass (12,462 ft), from L to R: Pyramid Peak (14,018 ft), Thunder Pyramid (13,932 ft), North Maroon Peak (14,014 ft), and (just the tip of) Maroon Peak (14,156 ft).

Taken 10/15/2008.


Snow Is Coming

Snow on Pyramid

Snow on Pyramid

We had a dusting of snow last night, which really highlights the high peaks in the area, and made for a great view of Pyramid Peak (14,018′) as I was leaving the Aspen Rec Center after coaching a hockey game this morning. You can also still see some bright yellow aspen trees scattered about as well, telling us it’s still Fall, but Winter is on the way…

Taken 10/12/2008.


Pyramid Peak On My 40th!

Approach to Pyramid Peak, framed by aspen trees.

Approach to Pyramid Peak, framed by aspen trees.

Figured I’d start this photoblog with one from my 40th birthday solo climb of Pyramid Peak, directly adjacent to the oft-photographed Maroon Bells. This photo shows the approach, and lower subpeaks of Pyramid, taken at the beginning of the climb, just past Maroon Lake.

More info about the peak and the route can be found on 14ers.com.

Taken 8/3/2008.