this weekend we went with some adventurous friends out to backpack lake como in the spanish peaks of southern colorado. we packed up our cars and headed out friday morning, july 4th, for an adventure none of us really quite expected. after some minor transmission trouble around colorado springs and a stop in the tiny town of walsenberg for some subway subs, we drove out to the lake como/ blanca peak trailhead and set off.
we climbed for about 6 miles and gained almost 4,000 feet in elevation, and camped at just about tree line. for those of you less familiar with this elevation over distance thing, let me just state for the record that i was pretty sure i was going to die on the way up this hill. every time we'd hit a switchback, or round a bend, we expected the ground to level out. it never really did.
i think it took somewhere around 5 ish hours to climb this brutal trail. the lake at the top is most certainly gorgeous, and i have never slept better in my life than i did approximately 8 seconds after my head hit my
pillow stuff sack full of spare clothes.
saturday, the boys climbed blanca peak at 14,344 feet while hannah and i sat on the shores of lake como in the sun, chatting about being married to graduate students and what life is supposed to look like at age 30. i like to think that though she and i didn't stand on top of the world, we definitely had a more enjoyable morning than the boys did. their photos from the summit are gorgeous, but on their way down, they also accidentally discovered the natural laxative properties of dried apricots eaten in large quantities.
we were fortunate enough to round out this trip- after a steep, slippery climb down from about 12,000 feet at the lake back to the lesley's jeep- with a stay at a campground nearby. our new friends met us there with beer, delicious food (that we didn't have to cook ourselves!) and laughter. they were even kind enough to endure our endless stories of the treacherous trail up and back down this rocky mountain. in all, a weekend well spent. tiring, for sure, but well spent nonetheless!