(A Splendid Little Afternoon Climb)
18 Aug 2003 - by Bob Bynum
The week before the Mt. Russell trip, Gretchen and I spent five nights at our fractional-ownership condo at Kirkwood. Since it is located at 7,800 ft it is perfect for acclimatization. Also we did some hiking and climbing in the area.
On Monday we decided to hike to Round Top from the Woods Lake campground. We used a trail designated 17E47 which took us to Round Top Lake. We started hiking at about 12:30 PM and arrived at Round Top Lake at 2:00 PM. For both of us, it was the first time at altitude this season. We felt it. Gretchen decided she didn't want to do the peak and turned around. I did the peak alone and summitted at 3:00 PM. The weather was perfect. There were no clouds, temperature of about 67 degrees, and clear visibility.
I arrived back at Woods Lake around 5:30 PM. We returned to the condo, showered up, and cooked dinner. This was not your typical up-at-the-crack-of-dawn peak climb, but just a splendid little afternoon climb. :This was a good acclimatizer.
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