Every year we join some friends and climb a 14,000 foot peak or "14'er" in Colorado. There are 54 in our state. This year for our 4th climb we decided to hike up Mount Elbert which is the highest mountain in Colorado and the second highest in the continental United States 14,443 feet or for those that use the metric system ~4400 meters. To prepare, we did about 100 miles of high altitude hikes this spring and summer in Rocky Mountain National Park. Also a lot of bike riding, about 200 miles for me. The hike for Mount Elbert was a round trip of 11.6 miles starting at 9500 feet and therefore we had a bout a 4780 foot elevation gain. In other words, it was damn steep and old Crabby was surprised he made it to the top. However, by the time I was done training, I had lost a lot of weight, about 35 pounds so this helps!
We started at 5 am in the morning and we were down the mountain and in the parking lot (after getting caught in a freak winter storm that hailed little snow pellets on us with 50 mile an hour winds) by 2:15pm that afternoon.
Anyways, since this was the highest mountain we will ever climb, I went ahead and made a little flag which I attached to my wifes hiking pole and placed that puppy at the summit for all us CD Freaks!