Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tales of the Adventurers

Rampart Ridge, across Gold Creek
Today found our winter adventurers in the woods adjacent to Gold Creek, navigating to the ridge that leads up to Kendall Peak Lakes. The cast of characters included Rich, Dave and Louise, all of similar fitness levels and all having recently completed the Mountaineers Navigation Course (with Dave instructing). As our adventurers shunned the road for the purity of the backcountry, navigation came into play. As there were no clear tracks in the direction they wanted to travel (up), they had to set their own course.
Highbox Mt

After winding through trees and some steep terrain, they stopped for refreshments, when they noticed two sprightly people, a young man and his lass, coming up behind them in their tracks. They moved swiftly and gracefully, with a youthful exuberance and thanked our adventurers for a fine track to follow. Then they chose a steep route as they passed, going directly upward from where our adventurers were standing.
Sir Hilary? No, just Rich

After consulting the map, the more mature group headed slightly to the west, finding the terrain more to their liking. At the top of the next rise, our adventurers met up with the sprightly folk who had struggled on the steepness of the slope and the hardness of the snow.

Having conserved so much energy, our wise adventurers went bounding through the snow like snowshoe hares, shedding years as they basked in the sunshine of their accomplishment and of the sun which shone brightly on the ridge.

Dave, with Rampart Ridge

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