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That's what the view looked like from 14,000 feet off of Mount Bierstadt yesterday.
I finally got around to doing something I've wanted to do for a few years now, which is climb a 14er here in Colorado. The seven mile hike up Mount Bierstadt was gorgeous, and really not all that hard. It's pretty much all alpine tundra so there wasn't much vegetation except for grass and shrubs. The only part I didn't really like was the last few hundred yards since I'm a big scaredy cat when it comes to heights. Coming back down and looking back at the summit, it was actually sort of hard to comprehend that my friends and I had made it that high.
All of us agreed that this definitely would not be the last 14er we would climb. Depending on the weather, we might hit a few more of the easier ones before the end of fall. Or we might just save them for next year. Either way, it was awesome.
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I hate to use a fad term like "bucket list", but if I had one, hiking the Appalachian Trail would be on it.
Same here. I have an affinity for hiking over long distances that only seems to grow with the length of the hike. The last time I hiked across southern England, the only reason I stopped was because I lost my contact lenses.