I have one day left,two peaks to summit and tomorrow is my 30th birthday.
I spent last night drinking beer, and volunteering for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s Benefit Bash in Breckenridge. I thought it’d be smart to sleep at the trailhead, which was partially right- the wind was so bad it shook my poor little car all around, however I was able to get SOME sleep. Much better than the week before when I slept at the Park n’ Ride.
Sylwia arrived at about 6:30 the next morning with a cup of hot coffee for me, it was still horribly windy when we started hiking next to the Blue Lakes Dam.
It was a clear, cold morning, as we hiked up the basin towards what we thought was Fletcher Mtn….only to realize we missed a turn and it was in fact Wheeler Mtn. We followed the Monte Crisco Creek drainage, to the saddle between Drift and Point 13,515. I wish I had checked my GPS sooner, but at least we were back on track.
We made our way up to the high plateau between Fletcher, Drift, and Quandary’s West Ridge- and to the consistently windy ridge between Fletcher and Drift.
After taking a brief break from the wind to get a snack, and some water- we continued back down the ridgeline, battling daylight.
We scrambled our way on some lovely snow covered class 3 terrain, a bit slick, so caution of movement was absolutely necessary.
I had finally finished my 30th peak, the last thing on my list. I had met my goal….now I had to get down to the car.
The route out of here, was not nearly as simple as our route in, we lost the trail, and ended up having to carefully scale icy rock cliffs, which took way longer than we had intended! FINALLY we found the trail, and it was a quick hike back to the car from there, what was supposed to be an easy descent, ended up confusing!
The sun was setting as we made it back to the cars, making for a really great end of the day.
I had made it back to the car alive. I had finished 30 Centennial Peaks with one day to spare. It is over.
We had a fantastic dinner, and a glass of wine down in Breckenridge- toasting the success. It was an amazing day, and I was happy to have climbed these last two peaks with Sylwia.