Mt Windom, Colorado

on top of Mt Windom, Colorado, backpacking in colorado

Remember all those different blog posts about our trip to Colorado last summer?

I guess I got a little burned out on mountain pictures, because I neglected to put these up from Ben’s inaugural backpacking trip.

My dad, Taido and Bobby take the graduating seniors backpacking every summer before they head off to college.

They climb a big mountain and spend a week away from the world, telling their stories to one another.

Cole and Mary Polly have both gotten to tag along on one of these grand adventures, so last summer was Ben’s turn.

train from durango, mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

Ben’s trip was different from Cole and Mary Polly’s in that one has the option of reaching the base camp of Windom Peak by train.

I’ve never been on this train before, but it looks amazing.

train from durango, mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

train from durango, mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

Here’s the group of seniors, all clean and fresh on their first day.

 mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

Ben carried a daypack similar to the one both Cole and Mary Polly carried on these trips, with Taido carrying the rest of his load.

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

I always worry a little about the kids when they are gone in the mountains with the men.  I have no idea how they are holding up or if they are whining for their mama.

But everyone said Ben did great.

He made a new best friend that he hung pretty close to throughout the week.

Meet Blake.

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking

Love these pictures of Ben.  He’s looking rough at this point in the week.

backpacking moments

Also, I had to include this picture of Daddy doctoring a blister with moleskin, because it is something he has done about one million times on these trips.  Always prepared.

on top of Mt Windom, Colorado, backpacking in colorado

It’s always considered a major trip accomplishment for the whole group to make the summit!  Exciting!

on top of Mt Windom, Colorado, backpacking in colorado Taido and his partner in crime, Bobby.

on top of Mt Eolus, Colorado, backpacking in colorado

Taido only had one taker for Extra Summit Day: the day when you get up while it is still dark and climb ANOTHER mountain.

Blake was game.  Here he is on top of Mt. Eolus.

mt windom, backpacking in colorado, camping, hiking, mountain goats

I know Ben will treasure the memory of this week in the mountains with his dad and some other pretty special guys for many years.

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