Things were lining up in our favor Friday… a successful morning of resupplying our climbing gear (found stolen items we didn’t think we could find locally) and the window repairman showed up EARLY! By 2:30 pm, we were on the road to meet Mike at his office in Colorado Springs, from there we were headed to the Twin Eagles Trailhead to begin our 6 mile, 2,200 ft of elevation gain hike to McCurdy Park Tower. Gearing up in the parking lot, we got swarmed by ravenous mosquitoes that were sucking our blood through two layers of clothing… not to mention biting our bums! Even 100% deet didn’t keep the little suckers away. After putting on our heavy packs filled with sleeping gear, food, and climbing gear (packs weighed in at 50ish pounds for Mike and Dave, 35ish pounds for Alex) we took the traditional trailhead photo and then put our boots to the dirt at 7:15 pm.
About 3.5 miles in, after the rolling hills turned more heinous, and the sun had set, thunder and lightening appeared in the distance. We quickly found a clearing next to the trail, set-up camp for the night, hung our food bag down trail, and settled in to sleep… some of us sleeping better than others.
At 5:15am, the expert sleeper, Dave, decided that we had enough sleep and roused us all. We packed up camp, and continued on to our destination, where we planned on cooking up some breakfast and coffee before getting on the wall to climb.
|Arrival at McCurdy Park|