Rylan ‘n Rodrigo (with help from JP and Jill)
To start the Bold Earth Teen Adventures blog off for today, you must read yesterday’s stories written by Eliza and Lyric. The reason being is that now you know that we are currently in a quick slumber on the side of a mountain in preparation for our summit day. With stars above and a simple tarp below, we caught some z’s before it was time to wake up.
At about 1:50 in the morning, the van turned on and woke us up with “Ain’t Know Mountain High Enough” to get us in the mood for our day. Lethargic and exhausted, we managed to stuff our sleeping things in the van, eat a quick breakfast, and start our epic day.
The first part of the hike was silent as the mountains were still sleeping. As we strolled, we took our time getting used to our feet again while admiring the setting moon. Eventually, JP and Jill, our Bold Earth Teen Adventures trip leaders, had everyone turn off their headlamps and close their eyes during a brief break along the way. After a minute or so we opened our eyes once more (reluctantly) and were awe struck by the stars over head. Being at such a high elevation with such clear weather makes for stars only fathomed in stories.
Guided by the light of the stars and our adjusted eyes, we continued walking and supporting each other along the way. Up and up the mountain rose. We will not lie, it was probably the most difficult thing that Colorado Bold has done so far. Nevertheless, it was worth it. At about 5:00 am, we looked over our shoulders and realized that the sky was beginning to show life. Deep purples and magentas painted the sky while only the bravest of stars remained.
It was the culmination of our Bold Earth trip. An hour later each and every one of us hit the summit of Grays and saw the horizon erupt in fire. The sun slowly rose over the mountains and warmed our tired bones. As we sat gazing at probably one of the most amazing things we have ever seen, we were able to peek at the places we had already been – Lake Dillon, the Gore Range and even a hint of the Indian Peaks wilderness area (feels like forever ago!) We huddled to get warm and all agreed that the hike was TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!!
Once we got our fill of the view (like that would ever happen) we went down the northwest ridge of Grays to the saddle between the two mountains. Of course – when in Rome, do as the mountaineers do. So with eagerness, we flew up our second fourteen thousand foot peak of the day – Torrey’s.
With a sense of accomplishment, we began our long decent back to base camp. Along the way we stopped for lunch. By about noon we were at the van having bagged two 14,000 foot peaks before the Colorado Monsoons hit. Without hesitation we piled in and instantly fell asleep until we got to camp.
At camp, Jill and JP surprised the teens with both a nap and the decision to go take showers and hit up a hot tub in Breckenridge (the rec center there). As this was our 8th day hiking in a row, we thought – perfect.
So here we are at the rec center enjoying some time to play and relax. Next up is just one more surprise – PIZZA NIGHT!!!!!!!!!
Honestly, this has been one of the best and most challenging days of the trip so far. Everyone is amazing and we are about to begin our planning for the last backpack
And with that, we will sign off. We are tired and hungry, but can’t wait to share more stories!!!!
PS – We are just that Bold