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Weekend Recap // Hiking a 14er

Bucket list item complete!Just two years ago, if someone had asked me to define a 14er, I would’ve been utterly stumped. Living in Colorado has taught me a lot, though. Maybe the photograph above is helping you catch on faster than me…

fourteener is a mountain that meets or exceeds 14,000 feet above sea level. Seeing as Denver is already at 5,280 feet above sea level AND Colorado has the most 14er’s (53 in total!) in the United States, hiking one of these massive mountains has been on our bucket list.

After this weekend, I’m proud to say we’ve checked it off the list!

Colorado-14er-04Colorado-14er-07Hiking approximately 8 miles in roughly 40 degree weather, with wind gusts of 20+ mph, we hit 14,278 feet above sea level atop Gray’s Peak! Not only is it the 25th highest mountain in the United States, the trail took us right along the Continental Divide for about 2 hours of our { nearly 7 hour } hike.

Hiking Gray's Peak in ColoradoColorado-14er-11Atop Gray’s Peak, a short “saddle” drops roughly 500 feet in elevation, and directs you up a second 14er called Torrey’s Peak.

Colorado-14er-02Many people choose to summit both Gray’s and Torrey’s in one day, but after tackling Gray’s, the saddle, and a bit of Torrey’s Peak, we chose instead to sit and appreciate the views { at 13,800 feet } while our group went ahead. It’s of utmost importance to listen to your body anytime you’re at such high altitude and exerting energy.

Colorado-14er-05A successful 14-er hikeAnother weekend in Colorado, another adventure!

I’m not an extreme sports type of person at all, and I think hiking a fourteener is a realistic accomplishment you should consider adding to your bucket list. However, there’s plenty you need to know and consider before you do so. If you’re interested, check back tomorrow and I’ll share some of my easy advice and resources for hiking fourteeners.

And for everyone else, don’t worry – I’ll be back to interior design and DIY topics by Wednesday!


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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Meredith Schwerdt
    September 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Great pictures, Jess!! Congrats on checking off a bucket list item. Maybe Eric & I will get to do one someday, too!

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      jessalayne
      September 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Thanks so much, Meredith! I definitely say add it to the “maybe someday” list!

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    Natalie Sunakawa
    September 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Yay! So proud of you both, and SO jealous. Hopefully you’re up for doing another one when I move out there? It’s been on my bucket list since my first Denver visit!

    • Reply
      jessalayne
      September 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Thanks, Natalie! By next summer, it’s very possible I’ll want to do another. For now, I’m glad the fourteener season is coming to a close 🙂

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    Nicole @ Fitful Focus
    September 16, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    How awesome! I feel like your hike puts my epic Red Dot trail to shame haha.

    • Reply
      jessalayne
      September 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks, Nicole but hardly! Every hike is hard in its own right!

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