August 2012 - Camping in the Catalinas

Camping in the Catalinas. The only rule is that photos must have Lance in them.
Lance wants to know where we're going today! : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  Lance also wants to know when we're going. : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  "I have to get over this?  Um, you do know that I have old man back legs now, right?" : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  Greenery!  Yay for elevation. : camp, hike, solo, catalinas 
"This one's easy!" : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  "Again? What's with all these logs in the way?" : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  On the Butterfly trail now. : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  Descent. : camp, hike, solo, catalinas 
"What's taking you so long?"  (this was early in the day) : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  "Whee! This is fun!" : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  Can you tell that it rained a lot in August? : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  We've descended far enough to see cacti again, but we're still pretty high in the grand scheme of things. : camp, hike, solo, catalinas 
The partly cloudy day was perfect for keeping us from over-heating. : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  We've started climbing again (the hike's elevation profile was basically a shallow "V").  Lance wants water! : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  Lance investigates the wreckage from an old plane crash (an F-86 in 1957). : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  "This is hard.  You didn't tell me we were going to do all this climbing." : camp, hike, solo, catalinas 
More resting.  At least the view is good. : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  Our maximum elevation, the top of Mt. Bigelow! : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  He might be a little sore after that 11 mile excursion. : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  Definitely tuckered out! : camp, hike, solo, catalinas 
GPS Track  The GPS tells us where we went, how far, how high, and how fast. On the Butterfly trail.  Watching sunset from the Box Camp Trail, not too far from the campground. : camp, hike, solo, catalinas  Sunday morning on the Red Ridge trail.  One of the few pictures of Lance on the descent.  He wasn't enthusiastic. : hike, camp, catalinas, solo  "I don't want to go any farther." : hike, camp, catalinas, solo 
But as soon as we turned around to go back up, Lance had a burst of energy and enthusiasm. : hike, camp, catalinas, solo  "Hey slow poke!  What's taking you so long?" (apparently I'm the slow one now) : hike, camp, catalinas, solo  The ascent continues. : hike, camp, catalinas, solo  This hike was through one of the most badly burned areas in the 2003 Aspen Fire. It seems to be bouncing back okay. : hike, camp, catalinas, solo 
Lots of green from the recent rains. : hike, camp, catalinas, solo  Hey, there we are! : hike, camp, catalinas, solo  The GPS tells us where we went, how far, how high, and how fast. On the Red Ridge trail.  On the way home: "please don't make me hike more." : camp, hike, solo, catalinas