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Date Sunday  3/17/2019
End Date Sunday  3/17/2019
Group Denver
Event Title Celebrate Women's History Month in RMNP RMNP Wind River Trail
Start Time 6:00 AM
Status Canceled
Leader Cynthia Lehr
Member Price Free
Available Participants 7
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult C
Trail Mileage 10
Elevation Gain 3000
Driving Distance 126


Meeting Location:  CMC/Coors Tek Lot

Meeting Time:  6:00 am (pull away no later than 6:10am)


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Leader: Cyndi Lehr




Celebrating: Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird (1831- 1904) was an English writer, explorer, photographer, naturalist.  She co-founded the John Bishop Memorial Hospital in Srinargar. In 1873 Isabella Bird visited Estes Park and climbed Long's Peak (4th documented ascent by a woman.)  Isabella Bird documented her travels though Estes Park and her ascent of Long's Peak in 1873 through letters to her sister.  Travel Journalism was becoming popular and the letters were initially printed in the magazine "The Leisure Hour" and were eventually compiled into her most famous book: "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains."  Travel Journalism like this increased the spotlight on Rocky Mountain National Park, encouraging tourism.

Route Description: Battle Mountain is located in RMNP.  From the Longs Peak Ranger Station, we will ascend via the Longs Peak Trail through a steep forest of lodgepole, pine and spruce for the first two miles.  After crossing the bridge over Alpine Brook, we will emerge from the forest as the landscape transitions to tundra.  Here it can be very windy above the tree line.  We will pass by Mountain Jim's Campsite.  Rocky Mountain Jim was the guide who assisted Isabella Bird in her ascent of Longs Peak.  We will continue to follow the Longs Peaks Trail uphill with stunning views of Mt. Lady Washington, Longs Peak and Battle Mountain passing by the junction of Chasm Lake Trail. At this point (3.0 miles) the trail transitions out of the subalpine zone and begins to ascend Mills Moraine (wide boulder-strewn slope covered by short grass and possible early wild flowers.)  We will continue North West on the Longs Peak Trail traversing uphill below Mt. Lady Washington to Granite Pass.  At the next junction we will take North Longs Peak Trail for .5 miles, then head East off the trail heading across the tundra to the summit of Battle Mountain.  As we hike, we will remember and discuss Isabell Bird: writer, explorer, photographer, naturalist.

Pace: Moderate (~ 2 miles/1000 feet per hour)

Conditions: packed snow/mud, tundra, talus, wind; potential short scramble at Battle Mountain

Equipment: 10 Essentials, Micro Spikes, Snowshoes (optional helmet for short scramble)

Prepare for a scenic, longer, strenuous day (~8 hours hiking)







Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.