Mt. Massive Backpacking Trip (#10)

#10 on my list of 26 before 26 was to hike another 14er. I can’t believe a year has passed since we hiked our last 14er. Geeze, time. It flies, man.

Mt. Massive was an awesome endeavor. 14 miles round trip, 4500ft of elevation gain, summiting at 14,421ft above sea level.

We decided to make it a backpacking trip, so we could camp at treeline the night before summiting since it’s a pretty long 14er. The best backpacking trips are ones spent with good friends. And I’m lucky to have these guys in my life.

The approach to the treeline was pretty strenuous. When you’re up that high (10,000+ feet), carrying 30lb packs, you get out of breath pretty easily. I kind of love that; it’s like high altitude cross training.

Cabo was so cute, scouting the trail a few meters ahead then running back to check on us.

It got dark quick and it started to drizzle a bit, so we hustled to find good ground to set up camp. Fortunately the rain passed, and we were able to hang out and enjoy dinner together before we got tired and crashed for the night.

This trip was only Cabo’s third time sleeping in a tent, and the poor pup, she spooked pretty bad in the night. She woke us up at 12am and again at 4am, walking all over our sleeping bags, whining. She just wouldn’t lay back down (it wasn’t a potty thing either). And it took us about an hour+ both times to get her to calm down, lay down, and eventually rest. My ‘mama’ instincts definitely kicked in, and I didn’t care so much about how tired I was, but more about letting Cabo know she was okay and we love her.

Anyhoo, in the morning we had our breakfasts, downsized to our summit packs, and struck out for the summit by 7am.

The weather was gorgeous. The morning was perfect.

Up up up we went. Took about 2:30 to get to the saddle from treeline.

Then 30 more fun, technical, scramble-y minutes along the ridge between the false summit and the true summit…
And we made it! Mt. Massive, 14,421 feet tall. Pure beauty.

It was pretty warm at the summit. The wind was brisk, but the sun was shining warm as we enjoyed our lunches with the views around us.

Cabo’s first 14er! What a trooper! She had a blast.

The hike back to our camp was quick (love the descent),

.. we refilled our water bottles, then lounged at camp for a few hours. Including a delicious nap in my new fave accessory, my backpacking hammock (thanks, bro!). It was wonderful.

As per usual, I wanted to get a ‘leaving camp’ selftimer shot before we packed out. First attempt was a fail. It’s a lot harder to run from a stump to the group in 10 seconds when you have a 25lb pack on your back. Ha.

And just like that, we were back on our way to our cars. What a great backpacking trip, another 14er complete (#7!). I had a blast! Thanks for the company, guys!

Colorad peeps, which 14ers have you done/which is your fave?

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Glad you had fun!! Massive is a big one!

    I’ve done a lot of them (45 to date I think– I’m so close to finishing them!) so it’s hard to decide which is my favorite. The Bell Cord Couloir on the Maroon Bells was pretty cool, and I am hoping to do Capitol/Knife Edge over Labor Day weekend. If that happens, that may be my new favorite! Oh, and we just did an attempt at Mt. Lindsey, and that one was beautiful!

    1. Efo says:

      dang girl! 45! we should definitely take a trip up one of your last 14ers together.

  2. Maggie says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous! And Cabo is just too adorable for words! I love that she was running ahead and scouting for you. Awesome hike Efo! Way to go!

  3. Heidi Nicole says:

    We only have 3 under our belt…so far no absolute favorites, probably thanks to some altitude sickness. And I really like the idea of packing in for the longer hikes – the longer hikes are just daunting to think about in one day, but I could probably handle splitting it up!

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