Perhaps it was a our desire to breathe some fresh mountain air that brought us back to Mount Bierstadt this late September Sunday. Or maybe it filled a longing to see some of the early signs of fall in the form of brown and gold crackling under our feet. Undeniably, we couldn’t withhold the unfaltering desire to stand atop 14,000 feet once more this season before our path was hidden in the deep blankets of white that comes too quickly as the days shorten in Colorado. This was a special trip to the top of Mt. Bierstadt. Our friends Liz and Maggie were attempting their very first 14er. A little more than a year ago from the time of this trip, we were making our first climb of this mountain. Since then, we have climbed over 36,502 vertical feet and 92.42 miles (that’s just the documented stats) plus numerous lovely day climbs and hikes.While we have offered trip reports of this hike/climb in the past, we would like to simply share our climbing experience through a collection of photographs today.
*Photography by Thomas Checkley
*Narrative by Allyson Sandifer Checkley
We concluded the hike in the light rain. Just as we reached the car, it fell upon us in full force, sometimes as liquid other times in frozen sheets. No matter the mountain or the difficulty a climb is a challenge. We each accepted and completed our individual challenges during this trek. Until next time….Take a Walk 😉