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Longs Peak 2018 - Colorado USA

14er number 8

sunny 50 °F

Longs Peak overview

I completed the Longs Peak hike/run on July 28th, 2018. It was the 8th 14,000+ foot elevation peak I've done since moving to Colorado. This excursion took me about 8 hours for the 18 mile round trip out and back hike that has about 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

The hike started around 5 am, where the parking lot was already packed and I had to park over a mile from the official starting trailhead. With such a long trek, there were many sections to this hike. The first was through some wooded sections (in the dark, so bring a headlamp) and then through some open fields. The trail is wide, well marked and mostly gently sloping up. After several miles of that, you reach the boulder field area. While mostly flat until the end, it's slow going as you have to make your way across huge rock piles. There's occasional markings, but you generally see the end point and head that direction. At the end of this section is the climb up and through the keyhole. It's windy and some tough bouldering climbing.
The third section involves walking on some narrow ledges and doing some minor bouldering. You then get to the trench area, which is a tough uphill bouldering climb with huge rocks and little rocks that can easy start sliding down. Once through that is another narrow ledge section and a final push up a very long and steep incline of a cliff face. There are hand and foot holds here naturally in the rock, but it is still challenging.

Recommend:

  • Go on a weekday to avoid crowds
  • Save energy, eat food and drink water often
  • Decide to turn back if you need to, because every section is tougher than the previous on the way up
  • Be prepared for high winds, slippery climbing conditions

Relive video of the hike

link: watch a video and map tour of my hike

Trip Map

Pictures

See this and all the 14er hike pictures on the Facebook Murk Travels photos page - 14ers album.

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Previous 14er hikes:

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Posted by MurkTravels 15:13 Archived in USA Tagged mountains hiking colorado mountain hike denver challenge 14er 2018 Comments (0)

Medellin 2018 - Colombia

the narco city

sunny 80 °F
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Modern

Known as the City of Eternal Spring. That was true when we were there, with mostly clear skies and an average of 80 during the day.

The city reinvested whatever confiscated money from the drug cartels and used it to modernize the city and help the poorer communities (comunas). This included the cable car systems and modern metro lines. There is also a number of park, plaza, sports and government buildings built from this.

Highly recommend:

  • Guatape day trip
  • Escobar or Narco tour
  • Parque Arvi
  • Esadio sports area
  • San Antonio neighborhood in city center
  • Graffiti tour

Other sites to check out:

  • El Poblado neighborhood
  • San Javier neighborhood
  • Nutibara hill

Trip Map

Pictures

more at : Colombia album

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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 09:39 Archived in Colombia Tagged landscapes mountains lakes skylines trains travel cable south_america medellin 2018 Comments (0)

Bogota 2018 - Colombia

the city of gold and salt

sunny 60 °F
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Elevation

Bogota sits around 8,500 of elevation, and we got up over 10,000 feet with some hiking in the surrounding countryside. Lucky I had some experience with that in Denver and the Rocky Mountains.

Highly recommend:

  • Bogota Free Walking Tour
  • Botero museum
  • Monserrate hike
  • Chicaque Natural Park

Other sites to check out:

  • Gold museum
  • Emerald museum
  • Graffiti tour
  • Coffee / food tour
  • Zipaquirá salt church

Trip Map

Pictures

more at : Colombia album

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Links

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MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 09:50 Archived in Colombia Tagged mountains hiking travel bogota colombia south_america 2018 Comments (0)

Democrat-Lincoln-Cameron-Bross 2017 - Colorado USA

Four 14ers in a day

sunny 45 °F

overview

For those up to the challenge, this is the easiest way to get multiple 14er peaks in one day. Once you make the steep climb up to one of them, then it's just a matter of partially dropping down and climbing back up via the saddles between the peaks, instead of going all the way back down and back up each time. I had previously gone up to the peak of Mt Democrat a few weeks earlier.

These were the first, second, third, and fourth 14ers I hiked. I completed this task on July 22nd, 2017. I started around 6 am and finished around 10am. I ran whatever parts I could.

Recommend:

  • There's a camping site at the trailhead to camp overnight before the climb
  • Be sure to have an off road vehicle with high clearance for the drive up to the trailhead
  • Eat and drink plenty on the way

Trip Map

Pictures

See this and all the 14er hike pictures on the Facebook Murk Travels photos page - 14ers album.

Trailhead:
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Mt Democrat:
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Mt Lincoln:
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Mt Bross
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Links

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MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 13:56 Archived in USA Tagged mountains hiking colorado sunrise denver 14er 2017 Comments (0)

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