In a quest for elevation, we're heading to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
6-7, Fri, 5pm: meet for dinner, location TBD
6-8, Sat, 9am: Hike to Twin Sisters Peaks. 7.4 miles round trip. Elevation at summit 11,428' (gain of 2338').
6-9, Sun, 9am: Deer Mountain Summit, 6 miles round trip. Summit elevation 10,013' (gain of 1083').
6-10, Mon: fly home
You are encouraged to bring a spouse or significant other that doesn't hike or hikes less. There are easy hikes, picnic areas, and scenic drives. Please indicate in the comments section below whether you are bringing a non-hiker/someone who hikes less. I have the RSVP process set up to ask you; but for some reason, I can't see all the answers.
I'm keeping mileage on the hiking a bit short because of potential altitude sickness. However, if we find that we don't have any issues, we can look at a map and add mileage.
High altitude sickness (also called acute mountain sickness) occurs when you cannot get enough oxygen at high altitude. How physically fit you are plays no role in whether you get altitude sickness. The symptoms of altitude sickness include: a dull to throbbing headache, loss of appetite, sick to your stomach or nausea, vomiting, and feeling weak or dizzy. It is important to watch for these symptoms in yourself as well as others in your group. If symptoms develop, don’t wait to turn around. The best treatment for high altitude sickness is to go to a lower elevation as soon as safely possible.
Estes Park is at 7200 feet, which will help us acclimate.
Keeping well hydrated is very important while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, where elevations range from 7,500 feet to over 14,000 feet. However, there is limited potable drinking water available in the park. Please remember to bring your own reusable water containers and refill them at park visitor centers.
Pack the "Essentials" and be prepared for minor injuries, sudden weather changes or delays.
- Map of the area and compass
- Extra food and water
- Extra clothing, including rain gear
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Matches in a waterproof container and candle or other fire starter
- Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb
- Space blanket
- First aid kit
Please come prepared. Do not count on Search and Rescue. Once when we were at Baxter State Park in Maine, we witnessed rangers making a decision to leave a sick person on the mountain overnight who was unable to hike back out (it was already dark).
Jim and I are staying at Estes Park, Colorado, at Saddle and Surrey Motel, 1341 S. St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80517.
I think that's it. I'm really excited about this trip. I hope you folks can come.