Mount Audubon


The Long's Peak preparations continue, and this weekend it was Mount Audubon (our first thirteener!). Once again, the views were amazing and the hike was a huff-and-puff extravaganza as we neared the summit. As usual, the summit revealed views that made it all worthwhile, and something about the effort and the oneness with nature even causes me to eat rice cakes and fresh fruit -- and actually enjoy it -- while I'm up there. So this hiking thing is really healthy for me, all 'round. From the top you could see Long's Peak, and it sorta just stood there saying "yeah, that's right, I'm right over here, bitches; whenever..." Leslie was headed for Peru on the day of the hike…

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St. Vrain's Mountain


Saturday, Brenda & I -- along with our friends Bryce and Leslie -- hiked to the top of St. Vrain's Mountain, a 12,000+ summit. It was amazing, the views great and the thin-air experience interesting. All in all, it was a good start in our training regimen... This all started with an email from my friend Bryce a couple weeks ago. The subject line read "Long's", and the message read "you in?"; the rest of the message was a forwarded email from Leslie who was talking about the campsite reservations she was making for an attempt on the Long's Peak summit in August. Ever since then, vague discussions about trying to hike to the summit of Colorado's most popular…

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