No Labor Day Weekend would be complete without camping so even though Dave traveled back from a work trip to Montana on Friday we met up in Fairplay and set out on another adventure.
I’ve been on a hiatus from completing the Colorado 14ers but it was time to get back at it. Since Dave has already finished he is now playing support crew for me. I figured we’d better start “small” and knock out the last of the Sawatch Range. Mt. Princeton was Saturday’s challenge so we headed up a fairly intense 4WD road to camp at 11,000 ft. It’s fall in the mountains but we bundled ourselves and William up and enjoyed a good campfire before heading to bed early. With great weather and Dave carrying William we headed out at 7AM. Everything went smoothly and with one foot in front of the other we made the summit before 10AM. All my worries about William were for nothing as you can see that he was smiling and talking at 14,000. He definitely had more energy than I did since he’d been carried for a three hour nap. After a leisurely snack we faced the long traverse back down. I think we finally found something to slow Dave down to a manageable pace (not the 12 extra pounds of baby but not being able to see his feet). Plus everyone wanted to talk to the dad carrying his son up his first 14er. Maddy was in her element as usual and took her job of protecting us and the summit seriously. All in all a great day and it felt wonderful to be back to conquering mountains. Thanks Dave for the encouragement and support.