Jun 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm #1291457
Hope all is well tonight.
I had the pleasure of spending last weekend in the company of fellow expat and BPL member Stuart D in the amazing Indian Peaks Wilderness area of Colorado.
For those of you who do not know me I moved to Michigan in February for 3 years, I am from Ireland and before moving Wild camped and hiked in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and France.
As I have never hiked or Wild Camped above 4500 feet I knew that I may suffer a bit from the Altitude (more of that later)
We hit the trail at 7.30am on Friday morning and the plan was to hike over Buchanan Pass on to the Eastern Divide and then come back via Pawnee Pass.
I was hiking slowly at first and picked up my speed but by lunch time the Sun and altitude got the better of me and I slowed to a snail’s pace, at about 11300ft I had decided I was officially ill so we headed down to Red Deer Lake which at 10300ft was far more hospitable and we got below the tree line out of the Sun.
During the Night Wind really picked up and we where really appricative we found a some what shelter spot.
Enjoy the pictures,
Buchanan Pass ahead.
Red Deer Lake
What, a snowfield and its 100F.
Time for Lunch.
Stuart "The guide"
Me and a Tarp Tent Stratosphire 1.
Stuart's Cuben Solomid.Jun 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm #1890689
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Beautiful photos! Conditions look like they normally do in mid-July–no wonder Colorado is burning!
Maybe next time you go you'll be able to take an extra day or two to acclimatize before going high. It does help!Jun 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm #1890691
It is scary the amount of fires in the area, I know there is one not far from Stuarts house.
Stuart and I discussed it and the altitude did effect me but it was the sun that took the biggest toll, I manage to avoid sun burn except for one small spot on my wrist, I got some burn cream on in quickly and it's fine now.
That's sage advice about going out a few days early, I am going to head back in September when it's not so hot and will definitley take a few days hikes in lower down.
StephenJun 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm #1890705
My daughter and I are acclimatizing in a hotel room in Estes Park right now. We drove in from Wichita Falls this AM. No hotels available from Pueblo thru to Boulder.
We planned to stay at Mueller State Park but road blocked, Golden Gate Park also full.
We are gonna do a 3 or 4 day loop in the Indian Peaks starting Friday about noon.
The fires looked terrible from our view driving north on 25.
It was raining fairly decently from Pueblo til about 15 miles south of Colorado Springs.
Sorry about any incoherency, but I've been in the car with my 13 year old daughter since 8AM and its now after midnight TX time.Jun 28, 2012 at 11:43 am #1890851
There has been some rain in the area today.
I presume the hotels where full because of folk evacuated from fire zones.
Have a safe trip,
StephenJul 15, 2012 at 7:47 am #1894866
@drewsmithLocale: Colorado Rockies
There is some truly wild and lovely country on the west side of Buchanan Pass. Fox Park in particular is one of the most scenic areas in the Rockies, in my estimation. That is, assuming that the pine bark beetles have not devastated it in the 10 years since I last visited. Anyway, the Peaceful Valley – Brainard shuttle hike is a true classic, one that you should spend at least 3 days on to fully enjoy.Jul 17, 2012 at 6:33 am #1895383
We did not make it over Buchanan Pass. I did see some dead trees which may be pine back bestle activitiy.Jul 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm #1896586
I added some pics from our trip in the Photo Gallery.Jul 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm #1896588
@lotuseaterLocale: Colorado Foothills
Just saw the pics, Chris. Very nice indeed. Aside from Crater Lake, where did you camp on the route?
Stephen's coming back out at the end of September and we're going for it again, this time in cooler temps and with a bit more acclimatization ahead of the actual backcountry trip.
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