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Mount Evans: An electrifying experience

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Revisiting the storm:

Sierra Trading Post is featuring “mistakes in the outdoors” on their blog this week and during their weekly #STPLive Chat this week on 3/27/2014 (Join the fun on Twitter at 6:00 pm EST/4:00 pm MST!). When I was asked to contribute I really couldn’t think of anything worse than when I got caught in a lightning storm on a 14er in 2012. Hope you can learn from my mistakes! ~Paula


Between missing the trail completely on La Plata Peak and my recent experience hiking Mount Evans, I am not having the best luck on 14ers lately. At a minimum, I’m certainly learning some lessons the hard way this summer!

The start of my day versus the end of my day.

My most recent hiking misadventure took place this past Saturday, when I attempted hiking Mount Evans with a group of friends. Mount Evans is often…

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Grand Lake weekends

This past May I sat down one day and scheduled my projected summer schedule all the way through the end of August. It was kind of nuts between different races, camping trips, and vacation plans. I can’t complain about having a jam packed summer full of fun mountainous activities but I will say I was definitely excited about those two weekends after the Pikes Peak Marathon in late August when I had absolutely nothing on the schedule. As the race drew nearer and I felt less and less prepared (you know, that one time when I tapered for six weeks) I really needed something to look forward to after the big race. And so one day I asked Graham, “Can we please just go sit at the cabin for two weekends in a row after Pikes Peak?” The answer was yes!

IMG_7238View of Shadow Mountain Lake.

And so after the Pikes Peak Marathon we found ourselves up at Grand Lake, two weekends in a row. You know how the Super Bowl winners always go to Disney World? Paula apparently goes to Grand Lake after intense athletic events. Anyway, Graham and I had a great time taking it easy for a few weekends. We invited our friends Amy and Joel to come hang out with us one weekend, and then the next weekend was Labor Day weekend with Graham’s family. It was two weekends full of amazing food, beautiful mountains, boat time and ridiculous Cooper pictures.

IMG_7107Joel, Cooper and Graham on the boat.

IMG_7120Mt. Baldy view from the boat.

IMG_7132Swedish pancakes made by Amy. So much better than crepes. Om nom nom.

IMG_70401957 Century Resorter.

IMG_7217Sorting old postcards one afternoon.

IMG_7204Cooper hiking in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. He kills it in his booties. Watch out!

IMG_7260Deck sunset.

IMG_7269Cooper getting a garage bath. He loves them so much (not)!

Life isn’t always perfect at the lake. Like the time it poured on us while we were boating back across Shadow Mountain Lake to the dock. Okay I digress, life at the cabin is pretty darn nice. It was almost nice enough that it made running the Pikes Peak Marathon seem not that bad. ALMOST.