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Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by kimo, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. kimo

    kimo Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 4, 2013
    Colorado
    kimo
    The Spanish Peaks are a pair of prominent mountains located in southern Colorado. The peaks can be seen from many miles away. Through centuries the peaks have been used as an important landmark. The Ute Indians called them Huajatolla, or "breasts of the earth".

    The tall peak on the right is West Spanish Peak. It stands 13,626 feet tall (or 4153 meters). We hiked to its summit a few years ago. I carried a D7000 then. Last summer, we hiked to the top of lower East Spanish Peak, seen at photo left. It stands 12,684 feet tall. The hike is long - 15 miles out and back with over 4,000 vertical feet of gain. But it's well worth it for the beauty. This time I carried an E-M1 and 12-40 f2.8. Thought some might enjoy a few pics from along the way:

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    The knobby crag in the foreground is 8,000 ft Goemmer Butte. The mountain in the back is East Spanish Peak.

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    The Spanish Peaks are surrounded by farms and ranch lands. Much of southern Colorado is privately owned and trying to find a legal car-accessible campsite the night before the hike proved to be difficult.

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    We enjoy a restless night of half sleep. Eventually we give up and start hiking at dawn. We reach the Wilderness boundary two miles later.

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    We hike for a few more miles. East Spanish Peak comes into view.

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    One foot in front of the other. Eventually we reach high above timber line. Up here, West Spanish Peak dominates the view.

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    Back to our task at hand: the summit of East Spanish Peak.

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    It's always a bit harder to breath up here but we keep the feet moving. Eventually we make it to the top. This the view from the summit looking toward the south, toward New Mexico. This view and this feeling, this makes every mile worth it.

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    A swarm of black flying bugs chase us off the summit. We quickly saddle up and start down the trail. We have over 7 miles to cover and it's well past noon.

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    It's a long way down.

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    In the church of Spanish Peaks. It's a special place, and well deserving of Wilderness designation.

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    We arrive back in the trees. The setting sun reminds us to hurry. I take one last shot before we scram down the trail and arrive at the car a few minutes after dark.

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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    What a beautiful place - excellent series!
     
  3. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    It's these sorts of activities that m4/3rds excel at!
     
  4. fireblade

    fireblade Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 19, 2012
    totally excellent
     
  5. tonyturley

    tonyturley Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 19, 2014
    Stunning photos. Looks like my kind of hike.

    Tony
     
  6. stuntman

    stuntman M43 FOR THIRDS 4 EVER

    300
    Jul 6, 2011
    Connecticut
    ED
    Beautiful! If you had been packing a FF DSLR with the lenses we would probably only have seen the first 4 photos....:D Great choice of gear.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  7. LucDeSchepper

    LucDeSchepper Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 8, 2014
    Netherlands
    Luc de Schepper
    Beautiful scenery, great story and excellent images as a bonus!
     
  8. MarkoPolo

    MarkoPolo Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 25, 2014
    Greeley, CO
    Mark Brown
    Can't tell you how many times I've driven by the Spanish Peaks in my life, and have always wondered what it was like on the top. Now I know. Great series.
     
  9. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    pellicle
    great shots!!

    looks like a great time had too ... I thought I'd mention that I learned just a few years ago, that poles really help in this situation. My wife and I did some similar climbs of "tunturi" in Lapland, Finland. On those rocks Poles are really handy stuff.

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  10. Ted

    Ted Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 10, 2014
    Tasmania, Australia
    Theo B
    Awesome photos, that's a fair walk with all that elevation in one day! Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. lowlight

    lowlight Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 3, 2014
    Norway
    Looks like a beautiful place! Wonderfull images and well written text. Thanks for sharing
     
  12. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Thanks for taking these shots. My acrophobia will never let me take them for myself.
     
  13. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Nice set. Looks like some fun hiking!