One of the most popular 14er routes just outside of Denver, the DeCaLiBron is aptly named for 14ers DEmocrat, CAmeron, LIncoln and BROss. Don’t let the marithon-moniker fool you, the hike is very doable starting at Kite Lake and going roughly 7.5 miles round trip.
Mount of the Holy Cross in the Sawatch Range, Colorado is an iconic 14er named for the distinctive cross shaped snowfield carved by nature on the northeast face. Our patch-like design features the elevation and peak.
Approximately 4" hexagon with rounded corners, blue and yellow on vinyl, silkscreen-printed sticker with 3 layers of UV coating to survive indoors and out. Perfect for your Jeep bumper or beer fridge.
Mt. Shavano is famous for the "Angel of Shavano", a snow-filled gully found on the center of the southeast slope that looks like an angel. Our design depicts the angel's body topped by a halo. The peak is named for the respected Tabeguache war chief and medicine man of the same name. If you look closely at the angel's arms and body it doubles as the chief's face. The feathers in the halo band also hint to the design's Native American inspiration. The Distressed original design on front with elevation element.
Approximately 4” square with rounded corners, vinyl, silkscreen-printed sticker with 3 layers of UV coating to survive indoors and out. Perfect for your Jeep bumper or beer fridge.
One of our favorite designs, the Quandary tee features a sportsman theme. Distressed original design on front with elevation element and distressed logo on back. 100% cotton, lightweight and comfy, mustard colored t-shirt provides a loose, stylish cut.
You just go sideways with them.
The original plan of action was to conquer three summits. We ended up conquering one- and having to stay low at our campground because storm clouds engulfed the top of one of our choices, and the campground shook with thunder.
We set up camp at Aster Lake Campground in Kananaskis Country, and watched as the storm rolled in. Mixed rain and snow and even some light hail was falling. From the lake, we caught a glimpse of our objective, smothered in clouds. It didn’t take us long to shrug, grin, and set up a nice spot by the lake to make tea and sketch pictures of mountains. The disappointment at not being able to do the two summits we intended to did not last. After all, we were out in the wilderness- at least a 5 hour hike away from anything as civilized as a parking lot- and we were happy.
It’s all the little things that matter when peak bagging- or for that matter, failing to bag peaks. Not to sound cliche, but it really is about the journey. It’s about the smell of the woods after it pours, or the smell of a match to light your propane stove. The taste of peppermint tea next to a stormy lake, and the thrill of a piece of chocolate after a long hike. This is why people come to the mountains. This is why people love being outside so much. You remember the little things that you take for granted, and you bask in the raw happiness, the stark simplicity.
The next day, the storm had cleared, but smoke from the nearby wildfires had started to drift in. Nevertheless, we were able to do the third summit we set out to do. The ridge on the summit to Mt. Sarrail was long and pleasantly challenging. The top was in sight the whole time, and we pushed to the top slowly, enjoying breaks to admire the views. We were grateful for the opportunity to push our bodies to the limits, and to enjoy the freedom that comes with being high in the mountains.
When plans go sideways, you just have to turn yourself 90 degrees, and go with the flow. Take the opportunities that come to you. Discard the plans that don’t work out. Soak up the sunrises, the storms, the summits, and the victories. Enjoy the journey and forget about the numbers. This is what it’s all about.
A ridge on Mt. Sarrail; a peak in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country. (Alberta, Canada).Kate Hurley is the content creator at Prone to Wandering, a blog about living an outdoor adventure lifestyle. She lives in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. You can check out more of her posts at www.pronetowandering.com.
Summer is the preferred time for hiking for the majority of hikers, not only because of the sun and warmth, but also because the daylight hours are longer. The summer season is usually vacation time and hikers can spend more time hiking and exploring old and new trails for longer. But when the temperatures start rising into the triple digits, most people prefer to stay at home safe and away from the scorching heat. There are ways though that you can continue enjoying hiking even when the temperatures are so high that you feel like crawling into your freezer instead.
Here are 8 basic rules for hiking in the summer, which if you follow closely will allow you to actually enjoy and survive hiking even in the hottest days of the year:
In a recent TED Talk, Anthropologist Amber Case talks about how technology is evolving us. She shares her concern about the psychological effects of the ambivalent relationship we have with our digital devices. “What I’m really worried about is that people aren’t taking time for mental reflection anymore.” Says Case.
So true. I witness many of my friends and colleagues rush through life and lose perspective of what’s important to them. It’s easy to lose sight of what matters most to us. Moreover, our needs, goals and desires change over time. That’s exactly why I urge you to unplug and “take a hike!”
We were sitting on a couple of small boulders on the edge of the trail, just past the first true false summit on the trek up Mt Elbert, pausing for just a moment to catch our breath. This was becoming a trend - hike up 20 feet, stop, catch our breath, repeat. Josh said it best, Mt Elbert is a rollercoaster of emotions, luckily we tended to ebb at different points of the climb, so one of us was always feeling okay.
Little did I know I was climbing for more than just the views.