Colorado Choose Mountains Meetup: Greyrock Mountain

By Michele Dillon

Choose Mountains ambassadors Kim Bessler and myself, Michele Dillon held a Colorado Meet Up this past Saturday, December 16th. We took 9 other adventurous souls up to the summit of Greyrock Mountain in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was a beautiful day outside, with light snow dusting on the surrounding landscape and a sun that was playing hide and seek. Two joyous pups joined in our adventure as well and they were the life of the party. By the end of the day, we had hiked 8 miles with 2,600 feet of elevation gain and left with new friends and smiles on our faces. Here is just a glimpse of the fun we had. We really hope that if you couldn't make this one, that you will be brave enough to join us for the next one!

     There is always time for playing while on a hike.

    There is always time for playing while on a hike.

      Burned forests are sad but leave an expansive view of the wilderness around us.

     Burned forests are sad but leave an expansive view of the wilderness around us.

 These very energetic pups probably did twice the amount of miles as we did, as they were running up and down the mountain telling us to hurry our little tushes up!

These very energetic pups probably did twice the amount of miles as we did, as they were running up and down the mountain telling us to hurry our little tushes up!

 We all took our turn dancing with the pups, picking up the pups, kissing the pups and hoping the pups would never leave us.

We all took our turn dancing with the pups, picking up the pups, kissing the pups and hoping the pups would never leave us.

 Ok we admit...we were a little obsessed with the dogs...but just look at them!

Ok we admit...we were a little obsessed with the dogs...but just look at them!

 Hiking up to the summit. The rocks had a very Land Before Time feel. The view from the top was spectacular.

Hiking up to the summit. The rocks had a very Land Before Time feel. The view from the top was spectacular.

 The summits first arrivals always get the coolest photos. Photo by Genna  Nault.

The summits first arrivals always get the coolest photos. Photo by Genna  Nault.

 This frozen lake was right below the summit. It was gorgeous to look down on from above. Photo by Michele

This frozen lake was right below the summit. It was gorgeous to look down on from above. Photo by Michele

 The boys won the summit photo of the day...don't even try to argue.

The boys won the summit photo of the day...don't even try to argue.

 Your fearless leaders Michele and Kim. Pretty much the dream team of Choose Mountains Meet Ups. Everyone summit danced. You could have summit danced with us.

Your fearless leaders Michele and Kim. Pretty much the dream team of Choose Mountains Meet Ups. Everyone summit danced. You could have summit danced with us.

 We all wore the most amazing colors for a group summit photo. Hats off to Zach who set it up and gazelled over the rocks to get in the picture in time. Pretty epic set up for the first try Zach!

We all wore the most amazing colors for a group summit photo. Hats off to Zach who set it up and gazelled over the rocks to get in the picture in time. Pretty epic set up for the first try Zach!

 When hiking back down...always make sure to stop and stare off into the horizon to take in what you accomplished. Photo by Zach.

When hiking back down...always make sure to stop and stare off into the horizon to take in what you accomplished. Photo by Zach.

 The view on the way back down. Have we made you jealous yet? Has the FOMO set in? Come join us next time!! Keep your eyes peeled for the invite! Photo by Michele

The view on the way back down. Have we made you jealous yet? Has the FOMO set in? Come join us next time!! Keep your eyes peeled for the invite! Photo by Michele