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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 10:25 AM
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I know everyone is excited for the upcoming Beacon run and I really wish I could be there. The following is the big reason I can't make it this year. Iíve got my summer vacation plans all set up already and, short of not being able to go to the Beacon, I couldnít be more excited. Iíll just live vicariously through the rest of you during this concert season.

Anyway, my vacation is in two parts, a week of mountain climbing and camping in Colorado and two weeks in Europe for my brotherís wedding Ė mainly in and around Prague and a small town well northeast of Prague in the Czech Republic.

The week in Colorado will be spent tent camping the entire time and climbing five 14ers with my wife, my brother and his soon to be wife. The first climb will be the Grays Torreys combination. Thatís one of the easier/more popular climbs in Colorado (my wife isnít really a mountain climber so we chose this one), but the scenery is still outstanding. Itís about an 8.5-mile hike with 3,600 feet in elevation gain (all of the mountain pictures came from 14er.com Ė Iíll post my pictures when I get back).



Grays Peak is on the left and Torreys Peak is on the right.



Then, the next day (weather pending of course), my brother and I will be doing the Mt. Evans Mt. Bierstadt combination. About a 15-mile hike with 3,500 feet of elevation gain. Hereís Mt. Bierstadt:



Hereís Mt. Evans:



The trail between Mt. Evans and Bierstadt includes a pass that is known as the Sawtooth. Looks like fun:






As seen from Mt. Evans:



Then, finally, weíll wrap things up on the next day with the nearby Quandary Peak. A pretty easy and very short climb Ė not even 3,000 feet in elevation gain and only two miles long.



Then, itís off to Europe for two weeks for my brotherís wedding. Heís marrying a woman from the Czech RepublicÖgetting married in a damn castle Ė how about that? Castle Bouzov. Here it is:



http://www.hrad-bouzov.cz/

Hereís the hotel weíre staying in while in Prague:



I suspect Iíll have more pictures to share when Iím back in mid-August. Looks like Iíll miss the Derek Trucks/Clapton European tour by a couple of weeks. Bummer.

Anyway, thought Iíd share.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 10:27 AM
very cool, Sandman.

Have a blast, I'm sure you will.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 10:32 AM
Wow, that's something else.

Trips like that are very cool. One of the coolest aspects of them, IMO, is that whatever life might deal you later on, you'll always have those memories.

Have a great time.

Bring me something from Prague. Something small and handcrafted, preferably . . . A little trinket for my desk or something like that. In the meantime, I'll try to figure out a cool way to reciprocate.

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Bring me something from Prague. Something small and handcrafted, preferably . . . A little trinket for my desk or something like that.


I will do that, Droogie!

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 10:46 AM
Very cool Razor!


I was wondering though, what would be the air speed velocity of a hippie tossed off of Mt. Spaulding?

 

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European Hippie or American Hippie????

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 12:35 PM
Hello Sandman,

Prague is simply fantastic. One of Europe's most beautiful capitols.
magnificent historic buildings and very friendly people.
Since it became a favorite city trip destination for many western Europeans
the prices went up considerably in the last couple of years but are still very low compared
to Western Europe and the US.
You will be in for a treat if you dig Pilsener and other brews that's for sure. Outside city centre a huge pilsener might set you back a single dollar or less.


 

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You will be in for a treat if you dig Pilsener and other brews that's for sure.


I would imagine I'll be having a local beer or two whilst I'm there

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 01:15 PM
Wow Sandman, looks like some very great trips you have planned. Have the best of times!

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 01:53 PM
ummmm chad, why bother doing all that hiking when you already have pictures ? Ya know Chicago has a fine selection of trees to sleep under...

seriously, it looks cool..have a great time

 

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Wow, that's something else.

Trips like that are very cool. One of the coolest aspects of them, IMO, is that whatever life might deal you later on, you'll always have those memories.

Have a great time.

Bring me something from Prague. Something small and handcrafted, preferably . . . A little trinket for my desk or something like that. In the meantime, I'll try to figure out a cool way to reciprocate.





Peace.




Maybe a Tweety figurine from Great America?

[Edited on 3/8/2006 by Sang]

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 02:13 PM
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You will be in for a treat if you dig Pilsener and other brews that's for sure.
I would imagine I'll be having a local beer or two whilst I'm there
"Beer--stat!"

That's an amazing 3 weeks you've got mapped out, Sandman!

 

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Will you be looking for oil in those peaks?

 

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Ignore ^^^^^ this guy and have a Great Time!

 

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Maybe a Tweety figurine from Great America?



Maybe, or perhaps I'll find one of these:

 

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LOL! I've thought about that

Thanks for all your well wishes

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 03:12 PM
Sounds real good. I have spent some time in the 14'er regon of Colorado and loved it. You guys obviously know what you are doing, so I am not telling you anything you don't know, but it is always good to spend a couple of days at 6,000-foot plus before making the ascent. While I haven't made it to 14,000, one year I climbed a foothill that I thought was at the base of a 14'er down near Salida, Colorado where they are concentrated, and did so right off the bat while not acclimated. Number one, the hill you think is going to put you at the base of a 14'er usually doesn't, and at 10,000 feet my heart was pounding out of my head. Days later I was fine, but right off the bat, it was a trip.

I tend to head west to the high desert of Utah near Moab, Canyonlands, Arches, Needles, to track down the Native American hieroglyphs and dinosaur footprints, which put me into cool areas. But one time I ended up in Salida, Colorado because my car broke down and it was the best thing that could have happened. It forced me to stay there for three-plus days in the 14'er region and hike and fish the Arkansas River, and otherwise I would have driven through. It was great.

As a fun side trip near the Grays-Torreys area, slide down south a little ways and go to Cripple Creek. They have taken an old abandoned silver mining town and made small stakes casinos out of the original buildings. It isn't Vegas-like in any way. The blackjack tables are as low as 3 bucks a hand, and no building is over three stories tall, and it still has the ghost town look to it way up in the mountains. It is a good time.

If you are into fishing, Flaming Gorge reservoir is a cool place to be, and the north slope of Pike's Peak has three good trout lakes on it. Farther south is the Arkansas River with very good fishing in places, and whitewater rafting is also very good on the Arkansas in that area.

A friend of mine keeps trying to get me to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison, which is supposed to be very cool.

http://coloradolinks.net/Colorado_Festivals/summer.htm

Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 15-18, 2006

RockyGrass Festival, July 28-30, 2006



I've heard nothing but good things about Prague. Sounds like a good itinerary.

DH

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 03:18 PM
Looks like a fun trip. Make sure to do Gray's/Torrey's during the week, it gets really crowded on weekends. What time of the summer are you planning this? We have pretty good snowpack in that part of the Central mtns (128% of normal) and the final approaches and the northern exposures (Bierstadt) might still have alot of snow on them, which won't prevent you from summiting, just make it for challenging and dangerous on the exposed routes. Everything should be mostly snow free by mid-July.
I might recommend trying Grey's and Torrey's from the Arapahoe Basin side instead of I-70. There are also a bunch of 12 and 13ers worth looking into, as well.
Make sure to leave time to check out 3 decent places in Idaho Springs: Beau Jo's for mountain pizza, Tommyknocker Brewpub and the Buffalo Bar. Good old bar - one of the owners or bartenders is into the Brothers, Panic, etc (but NOT Phish
Have fun.
Cechvar is a great beer in Prauge!!

 

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Yeah, I've been atop Mt. Evans! Um, by car...*grin* Cute mountain goats hopping around up there.

I've heard Prague is beautiful. Look forward to hearing your 'review' when you get back.

Sounds like you've planned a good one, Chad. Enjoy the anticipation until you push the start button.

 

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Yeah, we'll have three days to get acclimated before climbing any peaks. We'll do some hiking and probably check out some area towns Like Georgetown and Idaho Springs. Looks like some cool things to do there.

All the climbs will be Tuesday through Thursday (with Friday as an additional day scheduled in case of weather). That will be the 3rd week in June so there will likely be snow, especially on Bierstadt. Thanks for the tips, foppa!

The Czech trip will be the first 2 weeks of August...


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Sounds like a "Dream" to me, I'm happy for ya Dude !


Go for it !!!!!!

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 08:12 PM
Sandman, you ever do any climbing that is more involved ( crampons,ice ax etc.)?

 

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Nope - not yet. A good class 3 scramble is as tough as I've done. Someday, I'd like to get into climbing with ropes, but not on this trip.

 

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Nope - not yet. A good class 3 scramble is as tough as I've done. Someday, I'd like to get into climbing with ropes, but not on this trip.
Yeah, on the next trip:

 

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Maybe, or perhaps I'll find one of these:







There's only one........ and to save everybody the trouble.....that's more than enough....

 

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