Recently I've been getting back into the mountains and actually exploring the Front Range of Colorado. From out my Front Door, my drive to work, my time in Boulder; the entire time is spent gazing at the mountains right out the Front door. I'm grateful to live in such a uniquely geographic area. Where the plains meet the mountains and rise to the great divide.
Eldorado Mountain - Monday, October 8
Over the course of 2012, I've tried (with no success) to climb Eldorado Mountain on two occasions. I knew that it was finally time to try again and I knew success was eminent. The first time it was snowy and my partner was a bit out of his comfort zone. The second time was during Sanitarado, where the sun went down and I was up high without a headlamp. And so, Jeremy and I headed out of Eldorado Springs and began our ascent of Eldorado Mountain. We hiked as high as we could on trail before traipsing onto some herd paths. Those paths soon ended and we were left with rock scrambles and all out climbing up what I would describe as a "Stegosaurus Ridge."
|Fire Damage is on the saddle between the two peaks.|
Somehow, some way.. we managed to avoid all the slap. I found a sandstone rock vein that allowed us to descend safely a few hundred feet, and then we traversed over to the rock field below the famed Mickey Mouse Ears climbing site. I couldn't believe how tall this climbing tower actually is. You can see it from most everywhere in the Front Range and yet, it always seemed like a small place on a map. Heck no.. this was like the Sistine chapel of climbing. We could hear climbers, but finding them was a chore given the true size of the place.
|Can you spot the climbers? There's three.|
|The view of North Golden, Jefferson County, and Denver from the ears.|
While sitting in the rock field and enjoying the views of Denver and Jefferson County, Jeremy took his phone out to take pictures of his own, his car key (the only one he has for said car) came flying out of his pocket and flew out into the Boulder field. So we started to search for it.. and I managed to find it, take a photo of it sitting about 2 feet down in a bad place, before retrieving it for him.
|We came down through the yellow trees, off the top.|
Jack and Crescent - Saturday, October 20