|Moving Time||4 hr 21 min|
|Summit Elevation||14,036 feet|
|Elevation Gain||2,397 feet|
|GPS Analysis||Garmin Connect|
Given the success and fun we had last year on Sherman, Sydney was game to go again and escort Reagan up her first 14er. Sydney would lose the title as youngest Fuller up a 14er but that didn’t phase her at all. She was just stoked to show Reagan what is was like. And see what the top of this thing looks like without a blanket of fog. I woke them up at 6:30 and Sydney started crying in bed about how tired she was. Let’s go! No tears.
Sydney was excited to return to the willow crossing. We knew the direct way through them this time so we made a quick crossing and didn’t get our shoes too wet this time.
Sydney was on fire on the climb. Like she had done it her whole life. She knew the route and knew how to climb. I never had to lay a single word of encouragement on her at all. Pacing Reagan up the hill was her motivation.
We powered up through the gully in pretty good time. This is the crux of the climb for kids. You gain that first ridge and you are home free. But that gully is rather steep and it takes a bit of toughness to climb it at this age. Sydney had a “stomach ache” during this section. Which ended up being the need to take a dump. We found her a spot and she dropped a deuce right on the mountain. I felt proud when she reached for the flat rocks to finish up. I guess she does pay attention to all my stories.
Above 13,800 Sydney was showing signs of slowing down. She was tiring but wouldn’t let anyone see it. I caught it from a distance in my camera from up ahead.
Back on the summit! Sydney knew right where to go. I was back dealing with Reagan’s bonk and Sydney pulled ahead and hit the summit about 5 minutes before us and was just chatting with folks. Right at home.
Nap time! I said they could do whatever on top.
Re-do of last year’s summit photo. You can see everything below now!
Sydney found a sign to commemorate the occasion.
Time to go down but Sydney kept finding things to climb up.
I asked for their best tired faces. They earned them. This is a short 14er but its steep as they come in sections. Proud of both of them for getting up and down the mountain under their own power with minimal input from me. We already have started talking about future mountain excursions.