king’s peak

July 23, 2012

You think I don’t know how long it’s been since I posted? You think I don’t get itchy when I notice someone’s blog feed, and mine doesn’t even make the cut because it’s been so long?

Okay, I hiked King’s Peak this weekend with some neighborhood fellers. Here’s a little video of it (I don’t really do pictures, unless 60 fps counts):

We approached King’s Peak from the North. Kind of like how the Fellowship approached Mordor. Kind of.

We hiked in from Henry’s fork, camped just south of Dollar lake, but short of Gunsight pass, then the next morning hiked up to Gunsight pass, and took the shortcut traverse to the right rather than descend into Painter basin, and up to the peak (totally the way to go, you shave two miles this way). On the return, we descended the toilet bowl chute just east of the base of the peak. This is waaaay more direct, but is not for the faint of heart. Some of our party practically ran down this 2000 foot, 45 degree chute, and others practically crawled down it. And then you’ve still got a mile or two stroll back to camp, where there was much rejoicing, and maybe a little skinny dipping in 40 degree water.

We hiked out on the third day. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.


5 Responses to “king’s peak”

  1. Jeff (L) Says:

    Did you even get a picture of the toilet bowl? Slipping….That’s all I’ll say. Slipping……

  2. kanyonkris Says:

    The tent looks like a creature from a Miyazaki film. And what he-man hauled it?

    So many rocks, just sitting there precariously, it would only take a tiny nudge…

    I’ve heard that’s the way to hike it. King’s is on my list, one of these days. Props for summiting it.

  3. Brandon Says:

    Looks like good times and beautiful country. iPhone or Contour for your video?

  4. kanyonkris Says:

    Shouldn’t it be kings peak? I thought you were anti-apostrophy (ie. clarks).

  5. VA Biker Says:

    Oh, Dug, where art thou? You know, I only use Elden’s site as a portal to jump to your site. Looking forward to some new stuff, if possible. Hope everything is okay!

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