|Mt. Yale, 14,196'|
We summited, after much work, at about 11:10am. It was extremely windy as we made our way through the rockfall and toward the summit, but it was rather peaceful atop Mt. Yale, so we made the most of our time. After all, we had put in a lot of time and energy to make it there. We took a few summit snapshots, enjoyed lunch and found a perfect mountainside seat, a little rock alcove, with unparalleled views of the Collegiate Peaks. I saw an awful lot of mountain goat hair on the rocks near the summit, but I din't not find any goats to make friends with. After making the initial descent through the rocks and onto the hillside trails, I found other critters to pass the time with, marmots, many of which were happy to sit atop rocks and squeak at me while I took their pictures.
|Tom making his way toward the top (off to the right and above the rock ledge you see) |
that pink dot just ahead of him is me
|Tom and Brian on the way up - not bad views!|
|I'm almost to the top, almost|
|Runnells family members at 14,000'|
|Holy mountain goats, we did it!|
|Brian taking in the view on the way down|
Brian and I have taken on most all of the 14ers we've summited alone. In fact, we've never been atop one with others, so it was really fun to have Tom and Ann there with us. Four Runnells people atop one mountain was a pretty awesome sight -- thankfully, the pictures didn't reveal how exhausted we all were!
The next day, the boys joined us and we all did a bit more exploration, this time of Leadville, CO. We walked up and down the main street and stopped in a few stores, at lunch, and toured the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
|I love donkeys, so the Golden Burro Cafe caught my eye|
|there was a lot to learn about mining|
In all, it was a fantastic weekend. Ann's sister-in-law was an extremely gracious host with a really cute dog, we accomplished our goal of summiting Mt. Yale, and we did a lot of laughing and storytelling in between. Family and Colorado go together quite nicely!