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Hante Colorado Mountaineering journal excerpts: 


July 25th

We set out today with the goal of reaching the summit of the third highest peak in Colorado, Mount Harvard (14, 421 ft.). We started hiking around 6:00 am to avoid afternoon thunderstorms that usually pop up in the area. The hiking was pretty easy at first – a manageable uphill for 4 or so miles. Once we reached tree line, the trail became much steeper. We stopped to rest at Bear Lake, which is the most amazing lake I’ve ever seen! The water was crystal clear and we could see all the way to the bottom. After eating some gorp and drinking lots of water, we set off again for the final two miles to the summit. The trail was steep and rocky, and we moved very slowly. As we climbed higher, the elevation made it hard to catch my breath, and at times I felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest.


Thankfully, the views around us were incredible and they helped take my mind off hiking. The last 50 feet up to the summit were extremely difficult, and at times I wondered if our group was going to make it. But with lots of encouragement to and from each other, we made it to the top! We all held hands and stood on the summit with our arms outstretched toward the mountains that surrounded us. I was exhausted, but so proud and happy. I’ll never forget that moment.


 July 28th

After a couple more days of backpacking in the Collegiate Range, we set up camp at a site near the town of Buena Vista last night. This morning we got to visit a natural hot springs! It felt so good after hiking for several days. We spent the rest of the morning taking it easy around camp.


In the afternoon, we went to Turtle Rock for some climbing. I climbed a 5.6 and a 5.7 route in an area called Pumphouse. It was awesome! I’m so excited that we’ll be climbing for the next four days. My goal is to climb a 5.10 route I checked out today. I may also get to try mock leading a route!

 August 2nd

Today we went whitewater rafting through Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River. It was SO fun! The rapids were pretty big. We ate lunch at a sandy beach on the side of the river and spent lots of time swimming and enjoying the water. The water felt great since it was really hot out.


Tomorrow we’re hiking to the summit of Mt. Massive, another 14er. We’ve decided hike above the tree line to watch the sun rise, so that means we’re going to wake up at 4:30 am and start hiking by 5:00. I’m so excited!

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