My Dad had this crazy idea to hike a 14er (his first one) and so I decided well why not join him. Once we got to Leadville it took us a day to get used to the elevation with lots of water. We went in mid May and with the weather this year they had just gotten a huge amount of snow the week prior, so we had no idea what to expect. The locals were great we asked their opinion and they never looked at us like we had a bad idea they said yea give it a try! We did have to rent snowshoes since they said the top half was covered in snow. We set out early for the hike and it started out great with a well marked trail and it was a nice day at the town elevation. As we were getting higher we could feel the elevation and heavy breathing, once we got to the "fake summit" it started snowing and you could see the clouds getting like big snow clouds but then it would clear up so we continued. Once we were able to see the summit it was a complete white out the last mile up! But we were so close! Snowshoes were key at this point because otherwise your boots would go right down and make it harder to walk. There wasnt much of a view because it was a white out but we did enjoy the hike. On the way down we had sideways snow pellets at our face and blowing wind but once we got to tree level it was nice and sunny again. You gotta bring layers and be ready for all four seasons. It was a great experience and I would reccommed it to anyone who loves to hike. Leadville is a great town and we enjoyed the places we stayed and the company. Maybe next time I will try it later in the year.
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