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

Our First Colorado Meetup!

By: Choose Mountains Ambassador, Elizabeth Briggs 

 

For our first Colorado meetup, we wanted to keep things relatively simple. A nice, moderate hike in the Indian Peaks Wilderness just outside of Eldora seemed like a perfect fit, so we decided on the beautiful sub-alpine Diamond Lake Trail. Even though it had been a heavy snow year here in the Rockies and in May we celebrated the Second Coming of Winter, I felt confident that the low elevation of the lake and recent hot temperatures would have melted the area out by mid-June. Heck, I’d just climbed three different fourteeners the week prior and came across barely any snow, so I figured we’d be good to go. The last thing I anticipated was to come across a recent trip report stating that the trail to the lake was still inaccessible due to deep snow fields. Seriously? I thought. No way.

 

Cut to the night before the meetup and fellow CM ambassador Kim and I are pouring over maps and frantically trying to come up with a suitable backup plan just in case the lake was off-limits. Unfortunately, nothing else out of the same trailhead looked promising either. We finally agreed that it was way too late to change plans on everyone at that point, so why not just wing it and see what happens.

The next morning was a gorgeous 80-degree bluebird day when everyone gathered at the trailhead, ten of us in total. Folks chatted and went through the usual nice-to-meet-you pleasantries as Kim and I scanned the surrounding area for, as she put it, “all this so-called snow.” As expected, there was none to be found. At least not until we reached 10,600 ft. or so.

Unfortunately none of us got any pictures of all the mashed potatoes and corn we post-holed our way through, even though there was quite a bit and everyone ended up with wet feet. We were all too busy just trying to stay afloat!

 Photos from the day: 

Photo 1: Not a bad view to start off our hike!

Photo 1: Not a bad view to start off our hike!

Photo 2: Waterfall crossing with a thousand dogs in tow

Photo 2: Waterfall crossing with a thousand dogs in tow

Photo 3: Ambassador Kim navigates us along

Photo 3: Ambassador Kim navigates us along

Photo 4: Sleeve sisters Kim and Korenna

Photo 4: Sleeve sisters Kim and Korenna

Photo 5: One last section through the wet marsh before reaching the lake

Photo 5: One last section through the wet marsh before reaching the lake

Photo 6: Our mama-to-be Sam braved the posthole-filled trek. What a champ! Funny sidenote: both she and her husband are named Sam Adams. :-D

Photo 6: Our mama-to-be Sam braved the posthole-filled trek. What a champ! Funny sidenote: both she and her husband are named Sam Adams. :-D

Photo 7: The award for longest distance traveled goes to Chris - aka the lady bug whisperer - who joined us all the way from Moab, UT!

Photo 7: The award for longest distance traveled goes to Chris - aka the lady bug whisperer - who joined us all the way from Moab, UT!

Photo 8: Made it to the lake!

Photo 8: Made it to the lake!

Photo 9: Drying out soggy shoes and socks. At least, until it was time to hike back down.

Photo 9: Drying out soggy shoes and socks. At least, until it was time to hike back down.

Photo 10: Jon gives us his best Vogue pose

Photo 10: Jon gives us his best Vogue pose


Photo 11: Matthew reminds us to stay hydrated

Photo 11: Matthew reminds us to stay hydrated

Photo 12: Ambassador Kim always choosing mountains

Photo 12: Ambassador Kim always choosing mountains

Photo 13: Kim's red trucker hat up close! 

Photo 13: Kim's red trucker hat up close! 

We love having meetups in different states. Our next meetup is in New York in the Adirondacks to Gothics Mountain on Saturday, August 13th! Please join us by checking out events tab!

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