Collegiate Peaks High Adventure 2011 – Day 2
Tuesday morning we got up before dawn with a long day ahead. The tents were fairly wet from the rain overnight, so we ate a quick breakfast and would save breaking camp for our return. The first part of the day would be spent climbing to the summit of Mount Harvard.
We left plenty early to take advantage of the mild morning weather. The route to the top wasn’t too complicated. Just go up!
We crossed a few snowfields and went around another. The climbing was very steep up to the ridge line. I got there first and spotted several mountain goats close by. They looked calm for the moment, but I knew they would be easily spooked so I turned back to the group below and made the shhh motion with my forefinger to my lips. The boys, with ipods cranked, said ‘WHAAAT?’ in response very loudly. I turned back to the goats as they were starting to stir and get restless. I hissed back, “beeee quiet”. Still with the tunes rocking, and completely oblivious to what I was trying to tell them, the response came back, “WHY!?!?!”. At this point the goats were all up and making their way off the ridge. I yelled back, “Shut your hole!” but it was too late. The goats were gone. Oh, well. At least I got one pic.
From that point the route climbed steeply through broken rock. The views off to the west were incredible, it was such a fine morning to be in the mountains.
Then we arrived at the final pitch. A little bit of scrambling was needed to climb up to the summit. It was a great way to finish off the ascent.
We enjoyed our time on the summit together and took in the amazing views. A great moment was had when one of the boys was able to call home and report on his successful climb. It was super cool because he had come up short on an attempt last year so it was especially sweet this time around.
All too soon it was time to head down and get on with the rest of our day. We made quick work of the descent.
Once we made it back to camp, it was time to pack up our gear and head out to our next destination. Kroenke lake.
We retraced our steps from the previous afternoon for a couple of miles, until we made it back to the main canyon.
Then we headed upstream on a good trail for a few miles to the lake.
We found a great campsite and were all able to get a little down time during a light afternoon rain shower.
The one downside of this trip was that everywhere we traveled was under fire restrictions. This meant we couldn’t spend the evenings hanging out by a fire telling jokes and the usual stories. The boys played some card games, but everyone was tired enough from the hiking that we all went to bed fairly early.