So, Saturday morning we set off, parking about 1/2 mile after the start of the Pikes Peak Marathon start line - our goal was to hike the whole way up and then walk / maybe jog a little on the way down.
We carried with us plenty of food and fluids and set out at 6:15am. It was cloudy and quite humid. Quite a few people on the trail already, some were going up, while some others were already coming back down "the W's" after going up "The Incline".
We really didn't know how long it would take us to get up to the Summit. Several times we were even tempted to run - fortunately that feeling went away quickly, mostly because we knew we were in for a long day of hiking and getting up to the Summit at 14,115 feet.
As we got going the clouds were settling in - so we really didn't get to see the Summit for the first few hours.
|Somewhere way up there is the Summit covered in clouds|
So, we hiked on and eventually made it to the A-Frame Shelter. By this time we not only were at treeline, but we were at "cloud line"
|A Frame shelter just below treeline|
|Looking up - we can see the Summit (just to the right of center)|
We pressed on, the clouds were now rolling in and it was getting cooler. Finally we made it up, crossing the train tracks in 4 hours, 50 minutes. Not bad for hiking the whole way. We treated ourselves to a reward.
|We had 4, took 2 home.|
|We did not share any donuts with this guy|
|Tempting to catch a ride on the Cog for the ride down - but we didn't|
|Proof we made it|
|Somewhere way out there is our house, many miles away|
|The clouds were really thick|
By the time we got back to Barr Camp we finally heard our first rumbles of thunder. So, we stopped only briefly to empty our shoes, grab a quick snack and kept heading down the trail. We jogged again on and off for the next few miles, hearing the occasional rumble of thunder, amazingly all day we never got rained on.
The last 4 miles or so was tough. Our feet, knees and hips were by now aching and sore - we were looking forward to finishing. Finally, we made it back to where Dad had parked the car.
Within 5 minutes of getting back to the car and taking off our shoes - this was me.....
|What a long day|