DDD Family Reunion
Grays Peak 14,270'
24 Jun 2014
|Cousin Brian and Aunt Leslie|
|What a beautiful day in the mountains...|
|Coming up the lower trail|
|Coming up a wet section.|
|Crossing a snowfield|
|Group photo about an hour into the hike|
|Getting higher, we started to move more slowly.|
|At this point it seems you are close, but there is a ways to go.|
|Heading up through another snowfield.|
|"The Rascal" terrain feature around 13,600'|
|What are you looking at?|
|Torreys Peak, again|
|The view before we turned around. Not bad at all.|
He told me that before today, he would have been disappointed having not reached the summit. But after experiencing the altitude first hand, he felt OK with having to turn around. This is no joke, and it effects everyone a little different.
Jacob doesn't do a lot of strenuous hiking, but he soldiered on. He might have been able to reach the summit, although I had been carrying his heavy backpack for about 2 hours in addition to my own. He didn't seem at all disappointed to be turning around, despite being close to the summit of the mountain.
It probably didn't hurt that the views were sublime and the weather phenomenal. You really can't ask for a better day with some interesting and nonthreatening clouds. It did snow on us, but only briefly and weakly.
|On the way down|
|This marmot is watching you|
|Jacob taking a break|
|Brian soaking in the views|
|Jacob looks back on a beautiful day of hiking.|
|The crew back at the trail-head, Brian, Jeff, Jordan, Jacob (L to R)|