Well folks after a loooooong winter, Summer is finally here and in full swing in the high country of the Elk Mountains. Despite lots of lingering snow up high still, we have been enjoying warm and sunny days guiding rock-climbing in Taylor Canyon & Cement Creek, and cloudy days have been serving up perfect conditions for shady climbing trips to the impressive walls of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park as well.
All the Spring snow and stormy weather has brought one silver lining…WILDFLOWERS !!!! Lots and lots of wildflowers. Although still too snowy up in the high alpine meadows, closer to town on drier ground, the types, colors, and variety of wildflowers is off the charts this year, and as the snow continues to slowly recede with elevation throughout the summer the carpet of colors will continue to come out late into the summer season.
Daily hiking trips, wildflower tours, and backpacking trips have been blessed with great colors, snow on the peaks, water in the rivers and creeks (sometimes alot !) and pictures, stories, and memories to last the remainder of the summer.
And for the third consecutive year in a row we have started our popular Peak Of The Week Summer Hiking Series…… 8 different local peaks, affordable group price, professional guides, every Friday of the summer from July 8th through August 26, 2011.
Early monsoonal weather to the high country this year has slowed down the ability for some climbing of Colorado’s famous high peaks, but our staff of experienced and professional guides has been able to sneak a few ascents in (between thunderstorms) of the local classic ‘Guides Ridge’ climb with some happy and satisfied guests. This is an alpine adventure not to be missed…varying in difficulties and routes appropriate for the whole family or the seasoned alpinist.
The mountain bike trails continue to dry out and open up daily, and we are currently enjoying great tacky riding conditions on the dry trails, with field and fields of green and wildflowers in every direction. And….our Vehicle Supported Mountain Biking Trips are enjoying awesome reviews of great single track riding, great food, exceptional guides, and unparalleled camping spots and vistas…..our next trip departs July 26-29, 2011……look for pics and a write up to follow soon…or better yet, jump in with us, spots are still available !!!
Looking down the road there is still lots of summer left, and lots of time to enjoy any or all of the above activities, but as we all know too well, summer in the high country of Colorado can be fleeting, and will be gone before we know it…..enjoy it while it lasts !!!