I had just moved to Colorado on July 6th, and was invited by a church group to go camping and hiking up in the mountains on July 16th. I thought it was a great opportunity to go quickly and hike some BIG mountains. The tallest point in Georgia is Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet. All of the Denver area is over 5,000 feet.
I knew I needed to prepare as much as possible to get as acclimated to the new elevation, so I went up 2 nearby peaks with no major breathing problem or altitude sickness. I went up Mt. Falcon and Bergen Peak, and both have remarkable views of Denver and Mt. Evans.
Since the group I was with was camping outside of Leadville at the Halfmoon Creek campsites, I suggested the idea of going up Mt. Elbert. The group had just only mentioned hiking Mt. Massive that Saturday. So, on Friday I went with a group after being in Colorado for just 10 days to go up to the highest point in Colorado. Genius.
It was amazing! Words and pictures can’t fully describe the sensation once getting on the top and then making your way back down with a magnificent grandeur view.
If and when I hike them again, I know I'll do much better due to training.