Started the climb up around 7:30 am, Let’s be clear that this is a punishing hike if you are not prepared for it. My goal for today’s climb my first in 22 years (Besides my climb to the Parthenon in Athens) was the Base Camp for Skiers and Hikers. The Rangers Shack. They say to the top takes 6.5 hours and to this base (Camping Area) takes about 3 Hours (Notice the error in the book!)It should be noted that it is All Steep and all Rocks. Get ready for rock hopping! I saw quite a few lose faith on the way up and not go further and worse on my way down they were still struggling down. So I have a Few Tips:
- Get the Right Gear (I thought I was good but I looked Like a Tourist on the Mountain)
- Pack Enough water and make sure you know the weather. Way too much stuff with me
- Food is good!
- This first part of the climb that I am talking about will test and challenge you.
After a brief break headed to “lunch” rock… Not way up the alpine way but perhaps 5-7 floors straight up (Huge Rock Stairs, if you are under 6′ you may need to use hands to pull you up but the view is worth it, after another short walk and rock hopping! The Rocks are everywhere and you are always hopping and climbing – This Climb will test you if You Smoke, Do not workout or Walk much think about hiking some cool trails and driving up.
After this another 1/2 hour up and about 3/4s of an hour past my goal and I took some pictures, looked at another set of giant stairs — smiled at my accomplishment — rested for a few — skipped the last hour to the summit, as it was not my goal of the day and I started heading back down, Frankly — Down=Harder then the trip up.
Going down I have to say I saw many people that shouldn’t have done the hike. People that I passed on the way up still had not gotten to the base and were considering going down… I Let them know it got no easier and they needed to decide what they wanted!
That is what this mountain will do, it will challenge you. Over the next few weeks I will go up before a trip to Europe, I will take the Lions Head Trail with a goal of the summit. I will plan 10 hours and like this time, I will achieve what i set out to do, I will also not consider this mountain as anything but rock hopping and climbing!
Total Hike Time up and down today was about six hours and 10 minutes.