Friday, August 31, 2012

Bonus 8-15-12 Chapin Pass and Chapin Mountain

Early on a Wednesday morning Ken Oldham led Chris and me up Chapin Pass and then up Mount Chapin. It was a beautiful day even if very hazy from distant forest fires. Leaving the trail head at about 11,00 feet we were on the tundra in about 40 minutes for the rest of the day. After being on many canoe expeditions to the arctic tundra I have continued to love it whether it be high or low.

Chapin Pass sits between Mount Chapin and Mount Chiquita which along with Mount Ypsilon make up the southern part of the Mummy Range within the northern confines of
Rocky Mountain National Park.

From Chapin Pass it is an exhilarating tundra walk to the summit of Mount Chapin,12,415 feet in elevation which we reached at 9:30 a.m. 

Despite the prevailing haze the views from the summit are spectacular.

On the descent we hiked over to Little Chapin in the direction of Fall River Pass. It was only when we neared its top that we could identify a herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ewes enjoying the sun on the summit. They were unconcerned with us and we left them alone and as they say in the Great Book we decided to return home by a different route.

Chris and I were grateful to our leader Ken who has been a friend of mine since we were 14 years old. I had given up on hiking on the tundra but this trip opened up great possibilities for the future and the need for more serious training.

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