Sunday, May 31, 2009

Graduation Day!

We finally finished WTS (Wilderness Trekking School). After five lectures and five long all day field trips, we are finally equipped to explore the wilderness... or something like that. Actually, we can now officially go on level C hikes through the CMC and sign up for Basic Mountaineering School next spring, if we so choose.

So, you might ask, what was entailed in graduation day. Well, we had to get up at 5am, meet our classmates at 5:30 and drive to Stoney Pass near Bailey to start hiking by 8:30. Without following a single trail, we were able to follow a 13-leg route that we mapped out using topographic maps and features, compasses, and some newly-mastered skills. Aside from the thunder, lightening, and brief rain in the afternoon, it was a fun, 8-hour hike. Over the course of this class, we've bonded with some neat people and managed to survive our over-zealous instructor. After dinner and drinks it was really nice to get home just before it was totally dark.

Check out the whole album -- nice bear-claw marks on the trees in the first two pictures!


Claudia A. Fox Tree said...

Congratulations. It's so interesting to read about the steps you are making/taking. I can see one of my kids (Dakota) doing similar activities in his future. We just put in a request for which hikes he'd like to do when he goes to summer camp in Vermont.

So, I'm a numbskull when it comes to some of your photos. I know it takes extra time to name your photos, but could you say what the name of this mountain is? She's a big "butte" - he he he.

Dan said...

Hi Claudia

The hike we did this day was up Green Mountain, which is about 10 miles southeast of Bailey, CO. The snow-capped mountain in the picture at the end of the post, with the big anvil-shaped cloud above, I think is Pikes Peak. I remember the picture was taken to the south, across a great valley.