2014 Trek climbing Mount Columbia – Part 1

Written 8.12.2014
Trek dates 7.25-8.1

I had heard a lot about Trek from the youth group kids at church a year ago and I knew I wanted to go!!  A week long trip to Colorado, deep in the mountains hiking, camping and seeing first hand the beauty that God created?!  You bet, sign me up.

My dream came true.  Our Youth Minister Steven asked me to go along and I agreed. I think I was more excited than Emily was.  As the end of July grew closer and closer I began to get nervous….over what to pack!!  I’ll admit, this was way way out of my comfort zone here. Living out of a backpack, carrying my tent on my back, only two shirts for 5 days?!  Oh dear. I was a mess!  I knew for certain that we needed hiking boots and camp cup and a spoon. Ok, that’s a start.  How will I stay warm?  What kind of pants should I pack?  What about Emily what will she wear?   A friend at work loaned me alot of gear and that really helped out. It took me until until the day before the trip to decide, but here is what I came up with.

I bought hiking shoes, cup, bowl as a spoon,fork,knife combo thingy(for both of us). I bought light weight cargo shorts with 5 pockets in them(thinking I could carry ‘stuff”). These were brown to maybe hide some dirt. I found some neon yellow and gray jackets for me and Emily(clearance for $9…SCORE). They weren’t water proof, but I sprayed them to make them resistant atleast. I bought a pair of rain pants to use as my warm pants and rain pants all in one.  I packed 4 pair of borrowed wool socks as well as some of my wicking athletic socks to wear under these. Three pair of undies. Two t shirts. One pair of shorts. I had a borrowed rain jacket and took a hoodie and the new jacket I bought. One long sleeve t-shirt for whatever reason. A few extra socks just because. My crocs to wear around camp. Camera with extra battery(all borrowed). Star gazing map that we never got to use. 12 clif bars as my personal snacks for added fuel as well as flavored water packets. Two 32oz nalgenes for carrying my water. A day pack(small back back) that had an extra water bladder, knife, compass, pens, my Bible, notepad and pen.  One roll of toilet paper(critical to have) and one bag of wipes. Bunch is AA batteries that we didn’t need because everything we took was AAA. I think that’s all I took.

We loaded up on Friday afternoon in a 15 passenger van and headed north west.  There were only 6 kids and 4 adults this year, but it was a great group. We drove to I think it was Clarendon Texas where we stopped for dinner. We had subway, then we crashed the goodwill store looking for suit jackets for summit day.  I’ve never been on a goodwill store but that was fun!!   Back on the road driving as far as Dumas Tx for the night.  I really enjoyed talking with Steven that night. Just sharing our lives and growing together.


Saturday morning we are up at the crack of dawn for free breakfast at the hotel and on the road again.


We made several stops including Raton and the state line sign as we entered colorful Colorado. We had a photo op, what can I say.


After several other stops and we arrived at Team Ascend base camp at the base of Mount Elbert and Twin Lakes. Beautiful to say the least.

We relaxed for a while in the barn before they started orientation. Setting rules, etc. Then we got our gear. They provide a backpack, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Now to attempt to get all this stuff in my pack. Have I mentioned that I was out of my element?!  The guides were awesome help as was Zach a huge help for me. About the time I thought I had it done, Steven walks up and says hello food buddy! Excuse me, what’s that?!  He informed me that he and I would be sharing meals and i had to carry half of them. Oh sure, got it!!  Now then we have to carry our tents with our tent buddy. Daniel(my tent buddy) carries our poles while I carried the tent and rain fly. We are separated into two ‘crews’. So now we had pots and pans and cutlery. Cooking stoves with fuel bottles and a crew fly to carry. The crew fly was just a tarp that we sat under to prepare meals and eat. I carried that for my crew as well.  No clue how much my pack weighed but it was heavy. (this is my partially packed pack.


Dinner Saturday night was at base camp as a practice run cooking with our gear.  We had spaghetti. We cooked the noodles like we would at home, then poured cold sauce out of the jar.  PERFECT.   Woo hoo. Fun stuff really. We laughed and had a good time.

We had our first Devo that night with a fire. So peaceful being on the mountain singing praises to God.  Off to bed we go to get some shut eye.

This is only the first blog of several I’m working on detailing this trip. It was a remarkable trip that I’m glad I got to take.


2 thoughts on “2014 Trek climbing Mount Columbia – Part 1

  1. Looks like fun! Gotta love the youth!!! I went on a ski camp one year with our teen girls….it was great and I was able to get to know them better…and help keep their eyes on the Lord! It was a fantastic experience!!

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