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Chasm Lake by Jacob-Routzahn Chasm Lake by Jacob-Routzahn
Swinging my feet over the edge of the bed to a 1:15 am alarm had me cursing at myself for even considering getting up that early. With all of my gear packed and breakfast in the belly, I made my way to a rendezvous point to pick up my brother. At the trail head at 3:30 am and starting up, the wind was howling and so were we as we began our ascent to Chasm Lake.

2,500 vertical feet up from the trail head and located just underneath Longs Peak (14,259 ft), this wasn't going to be like walking to the neighbor's house. As we made our way past treeline, the wind really hit. In excess of 50 mph, it felt like someone was pushing you down at the shoulders the entire hike. Not only was the wind extreme, but a base temperature of 5 degrees Fahrenheit was just a little chilly. Add in the wind and temps were suppose to be around -31 degrees Fahrenheit. Exhausted, and just as the first rays of sun began to hit the peak, we arrived.

The view was nothing short of spectacular and the company was great. We had a fantastic time on our way up and despite the difficulty, laughed damn near all the way up and back to the car. The only pause in conversation was when we decided to take a little nap in the middle of the trial.

Overall, it was a great hike I don't want to do again for a minute.

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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Artist
wonderful shot. makes me what to go hike this mountains outside my window. =)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Why don't you? That's exactly why I take photos. Read my bio and you'll be an exact result with my photography.
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Artist
i did and i do. =)

we have had two elderly dogs that could no longer hike with us, so i've just been jogging and lifting and what not. not as much mountain hiking like we did a few years back. once the last of the old guys passes, we plan on trying out some 14,000s. we've never done that before. =) kind of bittersweet though...
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Understandable. Which one(s) are you thinking about? The best is to backpack in, camp a night, hike one, then the next day hike another. You'll be so much more acclimated if you camp a night or two at elevation it is ridiculous.
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Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Artist
that sounds like a fun time. i'll have to chat up the wife about it.

if you make it to Denver Comic Con for whatever reason, come look me up. they'll have me set up at a table somewhere - anyhow, i'll hook you up with some free books. i truly dig your work, dude. =)
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
If i do I will!
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful!!!
Cindy
:hug:
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks!!!
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So very welcome !!
Cindy
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Beautiful! And kudos for getting out in the dark and the wind and the cold. :-)
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