When I moved to Colorado 18 months ago I told myself I needed to LIVE here, meaning, take part in everything this state as to offer and so I am. Since I moved here I've heard people talk about '14ers' - "which one have you hiked" - "have you done a few in a weekend yet?" - whoa? What is this 14er you all speak of??
Well, a 14er is a mountain over 14,000 ft above sea level - Colorado has 53 (or so that's the word on the street) and that's all I had to hear - hike, challenge, driving distance from Denver - Bring one on!
On Saturday, my friend Jacqui and I hiked our first one, Quandary Peak. Quandary sits at 14, 265 ft - it's located 6 miles southwest of Breckenridge, CO and is part of the Tenmile Range.
|Stopped for a Coconut Water - made an effort to stop along the way and take in the beauty of the area!|
|Jacqui took this pic of me - I loved the lighting, the color of my backpack and again, soaking up the moment|
|The path we took - lots of shale and loose rocks - this was the hike from the plateau to the top|
|We met up with another group that were hiking for their friends 60th birthday - we all got a good laugh when we thought we there and someone passing explained it was that next peak - yes, the one WAY UP THERE!|
|Here we are! Yes, we made it - 14,265 ft above sea level|
|Me! So proud of myself - I'm afraid of heights so this really challenged me but so glad we did it!|
|It still makes my palms wet when I look at this one - we stayed up here for about 30 minutes - soaked up some sun, talked to people around us and had a mini picnic lunch.|