Annie Get Your Gun

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Feb 15, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sam: We are currently camping in Rifle Mountain Park (Colorado) for two weeks. Rifle is fairly close to the well known ski resort Aspen. It is beautiful - in a canyon with a fresh water creek running right passed our tent. The climbing is right at our door and is world-class. Unfortunately there are no showers and only port-a-loos in the campground, but I'm slowly adjusting to this :) Each night, I try to wash myself with the creek water (and lots of handy-wipes!) The creek water is melted snow, so it's extremely cold, but it does the job.
The weather during the day is magnificent - low 30's but not humid at all, but the nights are really cold (0-5 degrees!) I am sleeping in four layers of clothing! The first two nights were a real shock to us. We both got almost no sleep because we were so cold. We then drove to Walmart and bought a king size doona. I even got some cardboard out of the bin and placed it under my mattress to stop the cold from coming up through the ground. The altitude has also taken some getting used to. We are quite high up and we both struggled a bit with the low oxygen levels for a few days. We seem to be getting used to it now though so that's cool.
The campground is full of climbers so we have met heaps of people (including some 'famous' climbers that we've only seen in magazines and movies).  Lee is loving it.
Every third day, we have decided to drive to town (Glenbrook Springs) and have a shower in the local rec club, top up on food, check Internet etc.

Lee: The transition to camping has been a shock to the system, but after a week or so, we're in the groove. Up each morning late, coffee, breakfast, feed the chipmunks and then hit the cliffs. All the routes are hard here, even the 'easy' ones. We do a few in the morning, retire to camp for a long lunch and then head back out where I try to do something difficult. It's been pretty successful and I've managed to do a bunch of the well-regarded routes I have wanted to try.

The ground is very dusty at most of the cliffs, so we've taken to carrying our rope around in a lemon box. This generates lots of comments. I'm waiting to have my idea bought by a major climbing company.
The other nice activity has been fishing for the brown trout that are in the stream that runs through the canyon. We're just upstream from a hatchery, so there's plenty to be had. Lots of fun. 

We have just a couple more climbing days here, then we travel west to explore Maple Canyon in Utah.
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Dad on

Great white hunter had better sell fishing rod and buy spear. Chipmonks look like they have more meat on them than your "GIANT" trout.
Sam, count your blessing that there is a food store near by.
have a super time you 2.
Love Dad and Robyn

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