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About climbing my 1st 14er, campaigning for @PeteButtigieg at 14,000ft, finding community with strangers, an electrifying moment, and the biggest surprise of my life!
We arrived at the #MtEvans trailhead around 7:30am, the peak was lost in fast moving clouds. #14er
Mt Evans magnets & shirts don't lie, the GOATS! So awesome.
We had goats greet us at the trailhead, we kept our distance &
ogled them with delight. #14ers
#OhWhataBeautifulMorning
#TeamPete, I brought my @playmobil #minime & a #Pete2020 banner for some inspiring photos exploring #AmericatheBeautiful.
#SummitLake parking lot, with another 2,00-odd ft to ascend to the peak of #MtEvans, a #14er that I can see from my house, SE of Denver!
Pre-Hike selfie! @HHSGov I LOVE my super shielding sun hat! I pulled down the veil for this photo, but It covers my whole face & neck while hiking! No sunscreen in MY eyes thank you.🌞😎
#MtEvans #14er #UPFclothing #SunSafety #Colorado
#ColorfulColorado, one of the first expansive views on our ascent. #14er #MtEvans #BlueSkies #Breathtaking
@Vegans4Pete I got your sticker & button out of my mailbox as we were leaving our house for the mountains! #14er
#SpikeBunny enjoying the blustery wind while proudly representing @PeteButtigieg & #TeamPete
#ChangetheChannel indeed, climbing in the #RockyMountains is the best!
#14er #MtEvans cleared up! Yay! The forecast said it would be a great morning for hiking! Glad those clouds were moving so quickly. *Whew*
One foot in front of the other, keep on keeping on...
#CO14er #GetOutside #ChangetheChannel #TeamPete
Stone cairns are the #14er hiker's lodestone. I lost the trail briefly & had a mild panic attack when I suddenly couldn't see the way up, I calmed myself down & backtracked carefully until I found the trail again. #14er
SO grateful for the #ParkRanger crews who do this.
#Alpine #Flowers are tough & beautiful. #14er
We've had a snowy year here in CO, & the mountains are VERDANT & Lush.
Oh, my heart.
From the micro to the macro, beauty assaults you from every angle.
No wonder #AmericatheBeautiful was inspired by the CO Rockies.
Nature's #ikebana
#Lebowski was on my mind every time I spotted a Marmot.
#14er #wildlife #naturelovers #MtEvans
p.s. don't forget to HYDRATE when you're this high up.
The elevation is a solid kick in the physiological pants if you don't. #MarmotsforPete #TeamPete #SnowyPeaks
#Cairns #SnowyPeaks #14er Mount Evans is a GORGEOUS climb, with lots of great photo ops for #TeamPete. @PeteButtigieg @Chas10Buttigieg
#MountainClimbing #hikingadventures @NPSEducation
I guess you could say I spent my Saturday with my head in the clouds.
#BlueSkies #14er #MtEvans
Standing on the shoulders of the world...
#hikingadventures @REI @GoParks
#ChangetheChannel, #GoOutside
@grinchmovie I felt like we were approaching #Whoville several times.
#BobRoss would have loved it up here.
#HappyClouds #FluffyClouds #hikingadventures @GoParks
#GoOutside
ummmm....uh oh.
3/4 of the way to the peak, where thankfully, there is a parking lot for tourists. Faster & safer to continue forward than to backtrack.
Worried about the family we met & passed on the way up.
These clouds rolled in FAST.
Hail started.
#OhCrap
#14er
#Hurry
⛈️🌨️🌬️
It got real nasty, real fast.
I heard zaps & buzzing inside of my hat.
My boyfriend's hair was LITERALLY standing on end.
He got shocked by his poles a couple of times too.
We were walking lightning rods.
😳⛈️
Still hailing on us too.
#DANGER #14er
#SafetyFirst
#TeamPete
and just in case you didn't see the detail of his hair....
We were in SO much danger.
Nothing to do but keep moving & get to safety, & hopefully a ride back to our car. There is no shelter up here. Mt Evans is a giant lump of iron!
#14er #SafetyFirst ⛈️⚡️⚡️⚡️😳
Huzzah!
We made it, whew.
And better yet, we found nice people to give us a ride down to our car.
Lots of deep breathing & wondering if we really made it out unzapped.
#14er weather changes FAST.
Not all 14ers have a parking lot up top.
If you hear thunder, head down immediately!
Down by #SummitLake parking lot again, safe & sound.
We noticed the sun was coming out again, & so we decided to drive up to the summit parking lot & see if the weather would clear up. So close to the summit, we didn't want to give up completely. #14er #TeamPete @PeteButtigieg
OMG
Summit = PROPOSAL
*swoon*
*cry*
Best proposal EVER!
#Elevation14270
#BestDayEver
#ISaidYES
#NoWonderHeWasSoMotivatedToReachtheTop
@PeteButtigieg @Chas10Buttigieg I had NO idea of this when I planned my #TeamPete photos. #OhHappyDay
#14er #Summit #MtEvans
Mount @ChrisEvans!
oops! I meant Mount Evans! But hey, my man is a retired @usairforce Colonel, so #CaptainAmerica isn't the worst person to accidentally tag. @ChrisEvans a shoutout would be amazing!!!
*squeeeeeeeee*
What an epic Saturday.
#14er #MtEvans @NatlParkService #ColorfulColorado
#TeamPete
I'm on the Top of the World! (cue #KarenCarpenter)
#TeamPete #RockyMountains
#Bierstadt & #Sawtooth directly in the background, with snowy peaks marching off in the distance.
@playmobil #ToysforPete #NerdsforPete
Summit of Mount Evans! (@ChrisEvans twitter REALLY keeps trying to get me to tag you when I type #MtEvans)
#TeamPete #Pete2020 #PeteforAmerica @playmobil #14er
Windy with a chance of Mountain Goats.
#ChangetheChannel to #WinTheEra
#14er #ColorfulColorado
#TeamPete
What a wonderful Saturday with #TeamPete on top of Mount Evans!
#ChangetheChannel to #WinTheEra
@Chas10Buttigieg @PeteButtigieg I hope you get to see these photos, & I cannot wait to catch up on Pete news now that we're back home.
My first #14er was WAY more epic than expected.
July 6th.
SO MUCH SNOW is still up in the mountains, I love it!
#14er #RockyMountains #SummerSnowPack
Driving along the HIGHway.
Above the clouds.
These roads are terrifying to drive on. And to be a passenger!
oof.
But, OH, so beautiful.
#AmericaTheBeautiful
@GoParks @NatlParkService
*huff puff*
*huff puff*
*HUFF PUFF*
Good gravy, there is just NO air up there!
I was trying to breathe quietly too.🤭😆😂🤣
#14er #AIR #Elevation #MtEvans
#BreathingLikeVader @HamillHimself
#GoOutside
This was about 15min before the storm rolled in.⛈️⛈️
a little note about the air up there, or rather, the LACK of air!
#NationalParks @GoParks @NatlParkService @forestservice @CSFS_Outreach
#14er
#Hydrate
#BREATHE
#SafetyFirst
#climatechange
@PeteButtigieg our mountain ranges are a source of valuable Climate information!
This was my day after.
*ouch*
#Magnesium
#BathTherapy
#SoreLegs
#IFeelOld
#14ers are insanely beautiful, terrifyingly fast at changing the weather, hard on the body, & TOTALLY WORTH IT.
#SafetyFirst #Hydrate
#GoOutside
#NationalParks
@MikaylaOrtega7 this thread might help too. :)
Footnote: The family we passed & were worried about, they made it safely. They were far enough behind us, that when they got up to where we were in stormy conditions...it had cleared up! They had a 10yr old who was determined to finish, despite being from sea-level & feeling sick
Oh my goodness! @DenverChannel just interviewed us!!!!!
I'll keep #TeamPete updated... Yikes! I felt wayyyy too goofy for TV.
YIKES!!!
I look like a total goofball, but I'm still really thrilled to see so many of my photos on tv, AND our engagement announced like this
🥰⛈️😳⚡️💍
#14er #SafetyFirst @DenverChannel
#TeamPete, alas, my Pete pics did not make it in

shorturl.at/aijIN
Ah, the youtube link should work better.

#hiking #lightning #SafetyFirst #14er
@Vegans4Pete @USACEHQ This thread is all about climbing Mt Evans, 14k+ft with my Pete gear! AND I got engaged!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
@kissane_brenda
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