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Mount Audubon
Front Range, Colorado
August 28, 2006

This peak had little to offer in the way of scenery, but Dinah and I hoped the short hike up in the thin air wouldn't tax us while we tried to acclimatize to the elevation.

We followed the obvious trail to the summit. Everything seemed fine until a few dozen metres before the summit where we both developed slight headaches, the onset of altitude sickness (after the hike, they became the worst headaches we ever experienced).

There was no summit cairn, just a few windbreaks built of rocks. On other summits we would find the same thing: windbreaks and no cairn. And like other summits in Colorado, we would encounter other hikers. There was little solitude to be found in these mountains, but then we're use to the solitude of the Canadian Rockies.

KML Track


Mount Audubon rises above Brainard Lake


Hiking up the trail through the trees


A broad but stony trail heads up the mountain


The summit comes into view


Looking back


Ptarmigans


The saddle below the summit


Arctic gentian


Yellow bellied marmot


Easy scramble to the summit


Vestiges of a recent snowfall


The slope becomes a bit steeper near the summit


On the summit by a ubiquitous wind break


On our descent we made our own trail. There is lots of room to maneuver!


Ward 1:24,000 Topo (7.0 mi, 13,232 ft, 2,835 ft)

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