Monday, July 23, 2012

Xtreme 14er Weekend by Pete Kornoff

Saturday morning, we (myself, Rachael (girls' counselor),Spencer, Zane J, Grant R, Connor R, Alex L, and Steven B) packed up camping/hiking gear and headed up the mountains through Silverton, the old ghost town of Animas Forks. We had mostly sunshine. Once we drove over Treeline, the weather rolled in, and the lightening started. Fortunately, we were able to pull the suburbans over in a low spot with no chance of getting washed off the road, where we sat back and watched about 300 lightening strikes all around us in the high country (around 12,000 feet) just below Cinnamon Pass. The storm dropped about 2 inches of hail mixed with snow, and after a little over an hour we were able to continue.
We ended up setting our tents up on the snow and enjoyed a brisk, Alpine night. The next morning we woke up at 6, made some breakfast, and started our climb before 8am. It was a beautiful day to climb. Everybody summited the 14,048 foot Handies Peak. We enjoyed eating our lunch at the top and headed back with lots of stories to tell and an experience everyone enjoyed!

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