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Colorado Beauty: Indian Peaks, Mt. Massive and a Stop Sign

Forget Vegas, Colorado is where it’s at. This weekend was the typical go-until-I-can’t-go-anymore fiesta of 14ers, picturesque lakes, rugged trails and Cliff Bars.

We started innocently enough by driving. Once in Leadville, we camped out and drank Tequila awaiting an early morning wake-up call to climb Mt. Massive, 14,421-feet high and the second tallest peak in Colorado. (Read 3 a.m.) A few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches later we signed the register and took off. Nearly 4,500-feet of climbing later we summited to sweeping 100-mile views of rugged mountains. It looked as if God had reached down and pulled the earth upward with no symmetry or reason. Truly breathtaking to say the least.

Post-Massive coffee was enjoyed in Leadville, before we headed back to Boulder for some much needed rest. Of course that meant five minutes at home before heading up to Roosevelt National Forest for a night of camping and fly fishing.

Seven a.m. came way to early–my eyelids were still sealed shut and my head was throbbing–but the morning beckoned and so did Brainard Lake. A few intense hours climbing around the peaks ended with a spectacular storm system building up overhead and what was sure to be excellent get-your-ass-off-the-mountain weather.

All around nearly a perfect weekend.

3:25 a.m. beauty

Signing in

Early morning light (Jim)

View from the summit

Signing the register (Elisabeth)

Heading down (Elisabeth)


Day Two:



Indian Peaks

Brainard Lake

  1. shaw
    July 31, 2008 at 9:29 am

    i. am. so. lazy.

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