I hadn't successfully climbed a 14er since San Luis Peak back in 2012. Weather conditions near the summit forced us to abort an attempt at Mt. Sherman in 2014. So when the opportunity arose to do Grays Peak and Torreys Peak on my current visit to Colorado, I took it!
WellBiz Brands colleagues Alicia Miller and Travis Little -- who were part of the aforementioned ill-fated assault on Sherman -- also came on this trek. The forecast called for mostly sunny skies, but when we hit the trail at 8 a.m. the summits of both peaks were enshrouded in clouds.
mountain goats grazing along the trail. This one was also in a bit of a playful mood, bounding among the rocks.
yellow-bellied marmots. They seemed pretty comfortable until one of their buddies elsewhere on the summit gave a warning chirp, at which point they quickly scampered off.
columbines again. This lone blossom stood out nicely from its darker background.
We actually had to park more than half a mile from the trailhead since many other folks had the same idea that we did and got an earlier start. So our total round-trip distance ended up being close to 10 miles. Stopping for pictures, enjoying some summit beers that Travis had thoughtfully carried in his backpack, and generally moving at a fairly leisurely pace throughout the day had us finish in almost exactly nine hours. So the length of a typical workday, but with a lot more nature.
That's four 14ers for me now, having also done Mt. Bierstadt back in 1997. Only 49 to go, and at my current pace of four every 19 years I should finish in the year 2154 when I'm 185 years old. It's good to have goals!