I conquered my first fourteener! Apparently it's a popular thing to do in Colorado because there are so many 14er's in this state (says wikipedia) and boy was it popular! So many people there. I was just expecting to maybe see a handful of people there but yeah, did I mention
It's sad that we were only 0.65 miles from Torreys Peak, but oh well. An excuse to hike it again I guess! For now, my feet will enjoy a good break from hiking 14ers. Check out more photos from our hike here.
Some stats about our hike:
Time at the top of the peak: 11:30am
Start-elevation: 11,280 ft
Peak elevation: 14,270 ft
Total elevation gain: 3000 ft
Distance hiked roundtrip: 8 miles
Oxygen at 14,270 ft: 60% compared to sea level. (Oxygen at 5,000 ft where we usually are is 84%)
Temperature at the base: ~10 degrees Celsius. (That's a pure guess, but basically not that cold)
Temperature at the top of the peak: somewhere just below freezing.