I made it!
August 31, 2016
Well, after what seemed like a herculean effort and 5+ hours, we made it to the top of Mt. Elbert - 14,433 ft. We walked a total of 9 miles See more
As you may or may not know, I've been training all summer to hike a 14ner with one of my friends/co-workers. I have hiked 2 before but that was 15+ years ago. When trying to decide on which 14ner to hike, we looked a a lot of different factors but we kept coming back to Mt. Elbert - the tallest mountain in Colorado and the 2nd tallest in the lower 48. Though it is not a tremendously difficult hike (I'm told), it is long and very steep. In our training, we have done long hikes that weren't nearly as steep and were still difficult. The thought of hiking to the top of Elbert has been very daunting. 4,700 feet in elevation gain over 9 miles! One thing that is motivating me is that I'm hiking in honor of the abused and neglected children that A Kid's Place helps. My aches, pains and sore muscles will be gone in a couple of days but the emotional wounds for these children may never heal. While I might struggle for one day to get to the top of a mountain, these kids struggle every day, sometimes just to survive. I hope you'll join me (virtually) on my quest to a mountain and in turn help make the road that these children travel just a little bit better. I'd be honored if you sponsored my hike in some way. You could give a $1 for every mile or a penny or two for every foot in elevation. Every child needs a hero but abused children need superheroes. I don't claim to be a superhero by climbing a mountain, but you can be by supporting my climb and helping these children. Thank you so much for your support!