Wilderness Trek 2015

Mt. Silverheels

Mt. Silverheels

On July 18 my 15 year old daughter and I joined a group of 8 teens and 3 adults  on a backpacking trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We had two guides courtesy of Wilderness Expeditions based in Salida, Colorado. Our goal was to backpack into the mountains and climb 13,900 foot Mt. Silverheels, a mountain named after a prostitute who lived in the area and was famous for dancing in silver-heeled shoes.

Day 1 — Rappelling and Hike to Low Camp

Phil, our guide, setting up the ropes to teach rappelling

Phil, our guide, setting up the ropes to teach rappelling   

Dupree, the guide, demonstrating trust in the belay

Dupree, the guide, demonstrating trust in the belay

Julia Rose and I going over the edge

Julia Rose and I going over the edge

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At the trailhead for hike to Low Camp

At the trailhead for hike to Low Camp

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Day 2 Hike to High Camp

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Mt. Silverheels from hike to high camp

Mt. Silverheels from hike to high camp

Columbine, the state flower

Columbine, the state flower

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Day 3 Solo Day

On solo day we stayed at high camp and had some time to go off by ourselves; however, solo time was cut short by thunderstorms and rain.

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solo day breakfast: fried spam, hash browns, and pancakes

solo day breakfast: fried spam, hash browns, and pancakes

Julia Rose and I staying dry under the crew fly

Julia Rose and I staying dry under the crew fly

Thunder, lightning, and hail.

Thunder, lightning, and hail.

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Cooking Guides

Cooking Guides

Day 4 Summit Attempt

Summit attempt--we started the morning early, hiking by flashlight

Summit attempt–we started the morning early, hiking by flashlight

Tree line

Tree line

Ridgeline to the summit--hard winds

Ridgeline to the summit–hard winds

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Climbing the ridgeline--steeper than it looks, and every step is difficult

Climbing the ridgeline–steeper than it looks, and every step is difficult

13,300 feet above sea level. We stop at a  false summit 600 feet below the peak, with another hour to climb and bad weather rolling in. The guides are worried about lightning and storms.

13,300 feet above sea level. We stop at a false summit 600 feet below the peak, with another hour to climb and bad weather rolling in. The guides are worried about lightning and storms.

Phil, me, Julia Rose, and Dupree at our "summit"

Phil, me, Julia Rose, and Dupree at our “summit”

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