In typically Colorado fashion, fucking denied. On my first peak and less than half a mile from the summit, I already had to bail. No surprise this will probably become a reoccurring theme, but thunderstorms are no joke and are a fact of life in the Colorado mountains.
After hiding on the side of Pikes Peak for an hour, I was finally able to drop elevation and make camp. A bit of a disappointing way to end the day.
That was until the city beneath me lit up. Wow! There was just something special in how the city lights twinkled underneath a towering mountain. I couldn't help but feel mesmerized by the Springs at night while eating chicken wings and drinking soda in my tent. Made today's snafu totally worth it!
I've been quite fortunate in recent years to be living the so-called dream. Traveling and backpacking across some of the most beautiful places in the world. Not working much and surviving on my multimillion-dollar trust fund alone.
Yeah, I wish.
But as I've been making the world smaller on foot, I realized something. I don't need to travel far to find some of the best hiking in the world. The mountains in my backyard are a hiker's paradise. Providing what I consider that quintessential hiking experience.
This year, I've decided to explore more of my home turf with an ambitious route through the Colorado Rockies. Hitting what seems like all of the mountains - or about 100+ 13ers and some 14ers. The route stays as high as possible to get the best scenic views and also for a major ass kicking.
I've had this project on my mind for years now. From looking at maps of Colorado, I always knew an epic route could be drawn up. Finally, it's taking fruition - the Colorado Loop.