Campion’s Outdoor Club spent the weekend camping above tree-line encircled by three of Colorado’s famous “fourteeners;” mountain peaks that rise above 14,000 feet. They were rewarded for braving a cold night in tents at a high elevation by glorious hiking weather and the opportunity to summit all three peaks in a full-day’s hike.
Starting from the Kite Lake trailhead outside of Alma, Colorado, the group went to the summits of Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln, and Mt. Bross. For many students, taking on the challenge of reaching all three summits was the highlight of the trip. Freshman, Judah Hammond commented, “It was a great feeling of accomplishment completing all three fourteeners.”
While some students were seasoned mountain-climbing veterans, several students were attempting the feat for the first time. Cynthia Alvarez, sophomore, reflected, “I went on the trip to put myself out there, because I’m not usually a nature-loving person. This was the first time that I’ve actually enjoyed something like this. I was able to climb up to the saddle and I was proud of myself because I’m afraid of heights.”
Perhaps a highlight for the sponsors involved was that no one seemed to notice or care that there was no cell phone service or WIFI available. Students were able to relax and connect with God and each other while enjoying the beautiful scenery. “It was really cool to step outside my tent and be surrounded by the mountains,” said Grant Velbis, junior. “The view was phenomenal.”
Outdoor club events are open to all Campion students and are designed to encourage students to get active in God’s nature. They are looking forward to day-hikes, snow-ski trips, rock climbing and more throughout the school year.
Article by Jill Harlow
Photos by Jill Harlow, Yves Clouzet, and Ashley Reyes