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Trip Report: (PICTURES) 14 hours on the summit of a 14er
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Summit CO
(Summit) - F

Locale: 9300ft
Trip Report: (PICTURES) 14 hours on the summit of a 14er on 08/25/2006 16:17:39 MDT Print View

At the suggestion and encouragment of several others, I am reposting this TR in the Trip Report forum because it kind of got buried as part of a gear discussion post: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/xdpy/forum_thread/3765/index.html

I spent the night on Grays Peak on Aug 12-13th. I was on the summit of the 14er for 14 hours!

I was not backpacking light. My pack was about 45lbs but only a fraction of it was mine. The rest was gear that I was required to carry.

We were on the summit for 14 hours.

It rained. It snowed. The Perseid meteor shower went on above us when the sky was clear. We watched the lighting all around us in the far distance). We didn't really sleep. We were camped at the true summit with the tent only 3ft from the summit register.

Here are some pictures:



Ruby Mountain


Alpenglow on Ruby Mountain


The Sunset from the Summit at 8:40PM


Moonrise over Denver and the Front Range at 9:30PM


Moonlit Lighting Storm 11:30PM
(Bierdtsat, Evans, and Pikes Peak visible)


Dawn 6AM


Sunrise 6:10AM


Front Range


Iry


20 Mile Shadow


Definately Not Backpacking Light...


Ruby Gulch


Summit Camp


Cloudbank at 13,500ft


Descending into Horseshoe Basin 11AM
(Grays Lake, Argentine, Squaretop, Bierdstat visible)

I was up there in support of: www.montezumasrevenge.com
The most brutal 24 hour bike race in existance. Nobody has ever completed the course in 20 years.

I sure as heck wasn't carrying a bike! That is only for the masochists' masochists.

Carrying all the medical gear was enough (including a metal O2 cylinder and reg; luckily nothing was used). I took up so much space that I couldn't bring my real camera gear!

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures I was able to get.

Edited by Summit on 08/25/2006 16:18:20 MDT.

Jay McCombs
(jmccombs) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
wow on 08/29/2006 16:20:39 MDT Print View

no one else has said it, but just wanted to let you know those pics are awesome.

Elliot Lockwood
(elockwood) - F
Re: wow on 08/29/2006 19:32:49 MDT Print View

Most people said wow in the previous post. Now it's my turn: wow.

Thanks for capturing the images if you and your mates along with the views - we all envy them!

David Walters
(BobRossJr) - F
Inspiring on 08/30/2006 22:54:32 MDT Print View

I very it is only appropriate that I also take the time to compliment you on such inpiring photos. After just moving into the Front Range outside of Fraser I must say you capture all the beauty of the area. Thank you once again. Please continue to post your future photos.

Jay McCombs
(jmccombs) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: Inspiring on 09/04/2006 12:36:53 MDT Print View

drop me an email some time if you have time jayburd8 at yahoo.com some friends and I would like to visit that area.

Nancy A Lubas
(nal44) - F
Wonderful! on 09/08/2006 06:58:49 MDT Print View

Truly inspiring, not to mention incredibly beautiful, photos. Thanks for posting here - never would have found them otherwise! Cheers!