Second Attempt

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One More Step!
One More Step!

Charlotte Champigny

Adventure Traveller

  1. Age: 30
  2. Nationality: USA
  3. Where was your adventure?: United States
  4. How many days was it?: 1
  5. What type of adventure?: Trekking
  6. Give us a general overview of your adventure:
    It had already started snowing in October 2004, but after failing miserably on my first 14er attempt at Mt Antero, I was determined to make it to the top, this time on Mt Democrat. Located in the Buena Vista area, a two-hour drive from Denver, Colorado, this mountain stands 14,148 high. My husband who goes hiking almost every week encouraged me to join him this weekend. When we got there, the mountain was mostly covered with snow and in some areas, the snow was about knee-deep. We started the hike at around 10 am, a little late for this kind of activity. It was easy at first but as we went higher, the snow kept getting deeper. We kept losing the trail but would get back on track after a while. We finally made it to the top in about 5 hours. It was the most difficult sport I have ever done in my life but it was all worth it, and I thought these things only happen in movies!
  7. Was it difficult?: yes
    Why or why not?
    The snow on the ground made it very difficult to find the trail so in some cases we had to make our own trail. Not to mention our hiking boots were sinking in the thick snow.
  8. Would you recommend this adventure trip to someone else? Why or Why Not?
    Yes, but I would recommend going in the summer.
  9. What do you wish you would have done differently?
    Left earlier in the day. The clouds were moving in by early afternoon and we still have not made it to the top.
  10. What kind of advice can you give to other travellers going on this adventure?
    Dress very warm and drink plenty of water. In high altitude, you easily get dehydrated but sometimes don’t feel it.
  11. What type of gear did you bring?
    Good Hiking Boots, Toe Warmers and Good Hiking Poles.
  12. Where is your next big adventure? Why?
    Scuba Diving! I have always been scared to try it but after my husband helped me get started with snorkeling, I was inspired to see more of underwater wildlife.
  13. Did you travel before or after your adventure? If so, where?
    Yes, Florida. After seeing how flat the landscapes are in Florida, I have learned to appreciate the mountains of Colorado more so this inspired me to go hiking.
  14. On your adventure, what person did you most identify with?
    Indiana Jones
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