So Rick has been talking about wanting to hike Timp (the actual mountain mind you, not just the cave) for the last few months. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not an outdoorsy, sports, athletic person by any means and I had no desire to do it. However, the more he talked about how much fun it was when he did it in high school, the more I wanted to do it! Plus, it meant a fun activity that we could do by ourselves...we don't get much of those anymore with our new addition to the family :) I was determined to do it!
The whole first two hours were just gorgeous. The hike was difficult but I was enjoying.
I mean how could you not enjoy it with these beautiful views?!
Rick being goofy in the tree :)
Then, trouble struck..... we hit snow and we hit it hard. Since we had so much snow and rain later in the season than normal there was still a lot of snow when we went at the end of June. It would take us a half hour to cross a patch of snow that would have only taken us a minute to walk across had there not been snow. The higher we got the more snow there was and it got really difficult. It even started getting really dangerous.
When we finally got to this point we couldn't go any further. It doesn't look too bad but once we started over this ledge with the straight drop off down the mountain we knew we couldn't go any further. We didn't have the right shoes or equipment. We decided the safest thing to do would be to turn around. We were really bummed! I was so determined to summit! I was proud of us though. We hiked up for 4 1/2 hours and got close. If we had gone a few weeks later the snow would have been melted enough to make it to the top. I think I will have to try again :)
On our way back down we stopped to take some more fun pictures.