So as you may or may not have heard, my trip to Colorado to climb mountains to raise money for LE&RN was cut short due to weather. Even though it was shorter than expected, it was still very eventful.

I landed on Friday, and we drove down to Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. On the way down, we stopped to take some pictures of a heard of Elk. Apparently, I somehow challenged the bull male of the heard, who ran down the hillside to confront me. I tried reasoning with him, but when you have the weight and the rack that he had, the fight or flight reflex yelled, run away! Which is exactly what I did.

On Saturday, we hiked the Little Matterhorn in Rocky Mountain National Park. This was an acclimatization hike to 11,450 as it’s hard to go from sea level to 14,000 feet. You need a day or two to acclimatize. We covered 10.5 miles and picked up 3,369 feet of elevation to get to the summit, The hike featured bushwhacking (hiking without a trail), the ascent of an extremely steep scree field (it was like walking up a ski slope of loose rock), and class 4 rock scrambles over ledges with big scenic drops. It was the perfect day to spend my first day acclimatizing in Colorado.

Sunday, we did an alpine start (started the hike in the dark using headlamps to light our way) to Summit Long’s Peak. Long’s was one of my goal hikes for this trip, and it didn’t disappoint. Long’s Peak has no really easy way up. We took the standard class 3 route up, known as the Key Hole route. The route covers 15 miles and 5,100 feet of elevation. It was challenging and completely enjoyable. The route features steep boulder and scree fields, class 3 ledges, and a really steep rock path, about 60+ degree angle, up to the summit (the Home Stretch). While we were on the Home Stretch, someone above us dislodged a cantaloupe-sized rock, which pin-balled its way down to where we were climbing up. Landing about six feet away from me. Definitely got the heart pumping.

As Monday was supposed to be a travel day, our next day on the mountains was Tuesday. On Monday, we checked the weather all across Colorado and the weather for the balance of the week called for 50% to 70% chance of thunderstorms, so there was no way we were climbing on exposed ridges. We knew Tuesday was the last day, so we left it all on the mountain. We did Pike’s Peak on Tuesday. Pike’s Peak is not a difficult climb… it’s class 1 all the way up to the top… however, it is a long, steep slog. Pikes Peak is 13 miles each way and has over 7,000 feet of elevation gain. It took us about 6 hours to get up it and 3 to get back down (we were moving). Pike’s Peak is one of the two 14ers in Colorado you can drive up, so there were a ton of people at the summit. Everyone talks about the donuts at the summit (don’t bother, I didn’t like them).

While I will continue to make small trips through the end of the year, this was my last big trip for the year. I want to thank everyone who supported me this year through the Cerini Challenge and helped me raise $7,125 to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by a Lymphatic Disorder. I would like to give a special shout-out to Trudy Font-Padron and my friends at Achieve Beyond, who contributed $3,000 to the Cerini Challenge. I will keep the donation page open. If you haven’t contributed already, please consider donating to help me reach my $10,000 goal.

Motivation comes from within… hopefully, you are motivated to make a difference. To see more pictures of my trip, and other trips I take, please follow me on Instagram @totalcerinity. To learn more about the amazing things that LE&RN is doing, go to www.lymphaticnetwork.org.

Thanks, and I’ll see you from the mountaintops next year.

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    Hi Ken, This journey might beat all the others you have climbed. Doing something like this for a special cause makes this climb extraordinary. Joel and I wish you and the Team a wonderful, safe and joyous journey. Our hats off to you all who, " Care and DO" Our best Elaine and Joel Robins.

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    Go, Ken. You are an example to us all!

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