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Mount Jones

We decided to climb Mt. Jones Tuesday (a 13er), allowing Wednesday as a rest day before the 14er adventure.

The first part wasn’t too hard, just steady climbing, picking one’s way along the rocky path. We split into three groups near the base of the mountain. The younger decided to tackle it straight up, going two different routes, while Dad, Mom, and I preferred to follow the path and take the saddle over.

Thank you to Mary for selecting the pictures for this post. We missed John, who had to stay back due to a work project.

Joyfully His,
Sarah
PS – I can’t wait to share our 14er adventure!

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Mount Jones
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Time to split up.

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The views from the top are breathtaking.

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Don’t you love those shadows on the mountains?

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Ptarmigan Lake.

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On our way back, we stopped at a lake, because we saw Christopher, Anna Marie, John (done with work for the moment) and Joshua. Joshua was enjoying throwing little rocks into the water.

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,
and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death.”

Philippians 3:10

“The Creator of the Ends of the Earth”

We took a quiet day after our 14er, and then we went back to hiking on Friday and Saturday. I can’t quite describe the beauty and peacefulness of God’s creation as we hike. The stunningly rugged mountains, bubbling crystal-clear streams, pretty wildflowers, stately aspen trees–all are reminders of their awesome Creator. It is a joy to soak in God’s majesty!

Joyfully His,
Sarah

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that
the everlasting God, the LORD,
the Creator of the
ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
there is no searching of his understanding.”

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Jesse has become very proficient at being able to point out mountains.
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What a view!

“He giveth power to the faint; and to
them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

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If you look very closely, you’ll see the five youngest walking along the path. They sometimes take longer at a viewpoint and catch up to those of us who need a bit more time to make it to the next destination.
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This was such a lovely place to eat our lunch, perched on the edge of a mountain top. This is where my Gorillapod and timer come in handy. 😉

“Even the youths shall faint and be
weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall:”

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Jesse enjoys his waterproof boots.

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We discovered an area that had incredible echos!

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“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:28-31

Mt. Yale, A Perfect 14er

3:45 am: We wake up (and wish Mary a happy birthday). We have personal Bible time, prayer, and eat a quick breakfast. We packed our CamelBaks the night before, so that part is set.

5:14: We reach the trailhead. Piling out of the van, we don our CamelBaks. Those who have headlamps put them on, and others use flashlights. The moon is gorgeous, but it won’t give us enough light on the tree-shrouded trail. We fall into a line and begin up the trail. We can hear the steady crunch of our hiking shoes making contact with the ground. There were other vehicles at the trailhead, but we don’t see anyone for over two hours. (BTW–we stayed on Central Time, so it was actually an hour earlier Mountain time).

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7:00: Headlamps and flashlights are no longer needed.

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7:50: The summit of Mt. Yale is clearly visible. It is exciting after only 2 1/2 hours to see the summit so clearly. We trek along the trail. Sometimes it’s steep, and we take breaks to catch our breath. Occasionally a reminder is passed along to drink water. Those Camelbaks are so handy!

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Distances are very deceiving. The summit in the above picture is over a mile away. At this distance, you can not discern someone on the top.

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8:22: We take breaks as needed to catch our breath and grab drinks from our Camelbaks. It’s very important to stay well-hydrated on such an intense climb.

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It is about this point that John tells us this is the tough part. We climb steadily, taking breaks as needed and enjoy the views.

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9:02: We’re getting close to the saddle, our final ascent to the top. The path is great to follow. Yes, it is still chilly at this point since the sun is on the other side of the mountain.

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Walking sticks are a huge help to me. 😉

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9:02: John, who has led our trek so far, is the first to reach the saddle.

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9:05: It’s gorgeous on the saddle. We take a break, and then we split into three groups. Jesse and John take the lead, with Joseph, Mary, and Anna next, and Dad, Mom, and I taking up the rear.

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9:23: Jesse is the first person of the day to summit Mt. Yale (out of probably 23-25 people)! Congratulations, Jesse!

IMG_10749:28: Dad, Mom, and I work our way along the boulders. Mom is a great trooper! One thing I like about this 14er are the solid rocks! Sometimes rocks can be loose, and you have to carefully make sure it’s solid before trusting it. With Mt. Yale, this is generally not the case.

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9:42: Still working along the boulders.

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9:45: I’m really enjoying this climb!

10:00: We have all summited. Praise Jesus! The view is gorgeous, stunning, and amazing. We spend the next hour on the summit enjoying the views, eating lunch, taking pictures, and exclaiming about the incredible weather.

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The birthday girl!

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We are grateful for some fellow hikers taking our family picture.

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IMG_1146 11:00: The descent begins!

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As Joseph, Anna, Mary, and I climb over some boulders, we meet another group of hikers. One of the guys comments to us, “I’ve never seen someone mountaineer in a skirt! That’s cool!” Another of his buddies adds, “I like your mountain skirt.”

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11:34:  At the saddle, we meet two ladies. One has summited almost all of the 14ers, except for one, and she is bringing her friend on her first. When we comment that it is Mary’s birthday, we find out her friend’s birthday is the next day! We grab a picture of the birthday girls.

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We really enjoy talking to hikers as we go along.

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12:26 p.m.: My awesome younger brothers and sisters.

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12:53: These badger-type little guys are so cute. Talk about a view!

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1:07: We arrive back in the treeline. Now we start seeing scenery we had missed in the dark.

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2:06: About a half hour ago, we heard our first rumble of thunder. It’s important to summit a 14er as soon as possible due to afternoon thunderstorms. We are glad we are off the summit. It sprinkles a bit, but never pours.

3:00: All the Maxwells have finished the hike. Our Mt. Yale adventure is almost 10 hours (including our time on the summit).

“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains;
thy judgments are a great deep:
O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!
therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings”
Psalms 36:6-7