Don’t drop the water

A golden rule in any hiking endeavor is don’t drop gear, especially your water bottle. My cousin Daniel had the misfortune of having to descend to get his water bottle. Luckily it stopped on a rock and he did not have to forfeit his bottle to Echo Lake. Some hiking bags do not secure bottles as well as others. I’ve had more than one bottle slip out on me while squeezing between vegetation or doing some scrambling. A poor mans solution is to use a shoe lace or chord around the loop of a bottle to prevent this from happening. If your bottle does not have a built in loop, the neck right below the cap is another viable option. I’ve also see climbers use a runner to secure their bottle.      

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Hiking Mt. Evans

On this hike up to to Mt. Evans I had a real live action figure to accompany me, my cousin Daniel. The plan was the following: Day 1 – Park our rental car and start out at Echo Lake (elevation 10,750). We would then take the Chicago Lakes Trail and camp at the lower Chicago lake.  Day 2 – Push to Summit lake which is a steep ascent (12,830ft/3911m) and camp there. Day 3 – Summit Mt. Evans (14,265 ft/4,348 m) and walk our way back down to the car. ———————————————————————————————————————— Day 1 was tough but enjoyable. Shortness of breath was felt, heart rates were very elevated, and headaches were felt. For those interested in the full symptoms of  altitude sickness you can get a great overview from the national library of medicine. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000133.htm Day 2 – After a rough night of very little sleep, the cough started and the headaches were pounding.…

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