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Mount Evans, Colorado
August 7, 1993
14,264 feet

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The route from Summit Lake to the summit of Evans
Ellen Wendling
Ellen Wendling resting on the side of Evans
Ellen Wendling
Ellen nearing the parking lot atop Evans
Ellen Wendling
Ellen refusing to move from a rock next to the parking lot on top of Evans
Rich Wendling
Rich on the summit of Evans
Rich and Ellen Wendling
Rich and Ellen Wendling
at the summit of Evans
bighorn sheep
A bighorn sheep we met on the way down from Evans
Since my wife Ellen and I  had so much fun in June hiking Deer Mountain, a couple of days after I hiked Mount Massive, she and I decided to climb Mount Evans. I chose Evans because it is known as the easiest ascent of a 14er in Colorado. I was hoping that if she had enough fun, she might want to climb more. She had enough, all right...

We parked at the shelter at Summit Lake, at 12,840 feet. After hiking a little bit south along Mount Evans Road, we headed straight up the east slope of Evans. I thought it was pretty easy. Ellen didn't. I had been working out daily for some time, training for my track season, but she hadn't been working out at all. When we got to the summit, she swore she would never climb another mountain again as long as she lived (a promise she has kept so far...). We debated my hiking down, getting the car, and driving to the top to pick her up, but she didn't want to sit all by herself on the top of a mountain waiting for me, so we hiked down by the easiest route I could find - more or less following the road. (Ellen's reallynot a wimp...she's just not into walking up the sides of mountains.)

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