Monday, April 6, 2009

Back from Weekend adventure

So this weekend I ended up going on a sweet hiking trip with some of my friends and some other people that I didnt know (8 of us in total). I knew that it would be a difficult hike, and man was I right! We took a city bus to the base of the mountain just outside the city, walked a bit and then started at the trail head. It was 3PM, and we knew that we would be pushing the limit for daylight (it gets dark around 7PM here). So we started the long uphill battle to reach our destination. Well, of course, it got dark and we had to hike around 2 hours in the dark, it wasnt completely dark (the lights of the city helped a bit), but we still needed to use our headlamps to find our way around. This isnt the kind of trail where you are just walking through the woods or anything, you are climbing rocks and bolders, so there really isnt a well marked trail or anything, just a painted rock every so often, so when you are hiking, just make sure that you see a marker every once and a while. We got to our camp (looks like a place on Antartica or something), made some dinner and went to bed very quick.

(The view of the city)

The thing is that we were at about 9,500 feet now, so the temp drops and the winds pick up, so there isnt much to do, except to stay warm and go to bed....

(Our "hotel")

The next day we started hiking around 10AM, and headed for our next stop, about a 6 hour hike a little father up the mountain. There were some tricky parts and a long way down, if you lost your footing.

(Second day hike)

(Second day hike)

(Second day hike)

We arrived at our spot at 4PM, which gave us some time to relax and hang out before it got dark. So we decided to leave our packs and trek up to the summit about 45 min away, where you could have great views of the city and surrounding area..

(Our Refugio for the second night)

(Hanging out inside)

(At the summit)

(At the summit)

(At the summit)

(At the summit)

Pretty much a chill evening, the party is pretty much over at night because of the lack of light. The last day we had to hike back down which was really hard and difficult, it involved about 7 hours of decent, which is really hard on the knees...

(Cooking inside)

(Last day hiking down)

(Lots of wild hourses)

(Entire group)

Overall a amazing weekend.


Alex said...

Im glad your breakfast did not lack lots of sausage. Im certain you enjoyed it.
Great shots Weav. Now go and focus because Sparty has a game to play.

jonathon said...

Photographs are impressive man - I've seen a great progression with you. When you get caught in the middle of a revolution, you'll be ready.