We have had another great week at camp. This morning’s gymkhana was a real highlight—riders from Big Spring and High Trails competed in horseback games in the arena and everyone from both camps cheered them on. Saturday night’s dance with a Western Hoedown theme was also a lot of fun.
Long trips at High Trails returned Thursday and Friday enthusiastic about their adventures and accomplishments. Despite a freak cold front on Wednesday that brought snow to the high mountains where many of our trips were located, the girls persevered and completed their itineraries. We are so proud of them! And they were proud of themselves as well! The four-day Elbert-Massive Backpack climbed Colorado’s two tallest mountains, 14,433’ Mt Elbert and 14,421’ Mt Massive, while the four-day Oxford (14,153’)-Belford (14,197’) Backpack, also reached both of its summits. The five-day Colorado Trail Backpack hiked along the spectacular Continental Divide and summited 14,073’ Mt. Columbia on the fourth day. The five-day Harvard-Yale Backpack hiked in the beautiful Collegiate Peaks and climbed Mt. Harvard (14,420’) and Mt. Yale (14,196’). The Kite Lake trip climbed 14, 148’ Mt. Democrat on Wednesday in the middle of the snowstorm! One of the Alpine Valley 3-day trips reached the top of 14,036’ Mt. Sherman. A backpack trip into the Tarryall Mountains enjoyed spectacular scenery during their four days in the wilderness. The three- four- and five-day horse trips had great experiences exploring wilderness areas south and west of camp as well as some of the more remote parts of the ranch. All of the girls were excited about the beauty of their campsites and the fun they had together.
Big Spring campers enjoyed many exciting overnights and all-days last week including climbs of Mt. Huron, Mt. Princeton, and Mts. Oxford and Belford. The boys also had fun on horseback overnights, rock climbing overnights, river overnights, fishing trips, a canoe overnight, a mountain bike overnight and several trips which camped out on the ranch.
The Sanborn Juniors have been enthusiastic and energetic about their activities this week. They have enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hikes and nature programs at the Interbarn, as well as their first campout. Their group photos have been posted on the website.
Next week, Big Spring will head out on three-, four-, and five-day backpacking trips, mountain climbs and horse-pack trips. High Trails has a variety of overnights and all-days planned including a trip to the resort town of Breckenridge on Thursday. Sanborn Junior campers are looking forward to another campout, more horseback riding, a hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds, and an all-day tubing trip on the South Platte River. The term is flying by and we plan to make the most of our last week together.
Our photographers will be posting last week’s photos on our website tonight and they will be available tomorrow morning.