Archive for August, 2014

News from Camp: August 16, 2014

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Sit and enjoy the view!

Another great week has come to a close.  The boys returned Thursday and Friday from their long trips excited about their adventures. Many of them backpacked through alpine wilderness and climbed some of Colorado’s highest peaks—Mts. Elbert and Massive, La Plata Peak, Mt. Columbia, Pikes Peak, Mt. Democrat, Mt. Sherman and Mt. Silverheels. One group backpacked in the spectacular Tarryalls Wilderness Area for four days while another backpacked along the Colorado Trail for five days.  Committed horseback riders spent the week exploring much of the beautiful National Forest to our West, including 39-Mile Mountain and Puma Hills.
The girls had a full week of all-day trips, and overnight trips including two-day horseback rides, mountain climbs, and technical rock climbing.  They also enjoyed tubing/rafting trips on the South Platte River and challenged themselves at our High Ropes Course.  One exceptional group of hikers climbed Pikes Peak in one day!  After four weeks of hardy outdoor living, many of the girls were excited to spend Thursday shopping in the resort town of Breckenridge.
The Junior campers enjoyed another super campout, some great hikes and horseback rides, swimming, and crafts, as well as an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument followed by the opportunity to dig for their own fossils. They were especially enthusiastic about their all-day tubing trip on the South Platte River.
Our final weekend has been packed! On Friday evening, Big Spring and High Trails came together for a “Beach Party Dance” followed by our Academy Award caliber Drama Production.
We spent this morning packing and are hopeful that we are returning a high percentage ? of your child’s belongings to you.  Hard as we try to get everything in the correct trunk or duffel, we always do find “lost and found” after the last bus has pulled out.  Items which have name tags will be mailed to you.  If you find that you are missing something which may not have had a name on it, please let us know, and we will do our best to get it to you.
Tonight we will enjoy our Closing Campfires at each camp and many sad “Good-Byes” will be shared.  We have wonderful memories of our adventures together this term.  Our photographers will post photos from this week Sunday night and we will continue to include photos from the summer of 2014 as well as news from camp on our website throughout the fall and winter.

News from Camp: August 10, 2014

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Gymkhana is a great event for horsemanship skills to be showcased!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 Space Cowboy theme was also a lot of fun.

Long trips at High Trails returned Thursday and Friday enthusiastic about their adventures and accomplishments. The four-day Elbert-Massive Backpack climbed Colorado’s tallest mountain, 14,433’ Mt Elbert, and the 4-day Pikes Peak Backpack reached the 14, 115’ summit of one of our state’s most famous mountains.  The four-day Oxford (14,153’)-Belford (14,197’) Backpack, reached both of its summits, and the five-day Colorado Trail Backpack hiked along the spectacular Continental Divide and summited 14,073’ Mt. Columbia on the fourth day.

Rocky Mountain High!

The Kite Lake trip climbed 14, 148’ Mt. Democrat on Wednesday and the Alpine Valley 3-day trip reached the top of 14,036’ Mt. Sherman. Backpack trips into the Buffalo Peaks and Mount Silverheels enjoyed spectacular scenery during their four days in the wilderness, and Silverheels group also climbed 13,822’ Mount Silverheels.  The 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.  We even had a Canoe four-day which paddled 18 miles around the perimeter of Eleven-Mile Reservoir.  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 Quandary Peak, La Plata Peak, Mt. Princeton, and Mts. Shavano and Tabeguache.  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 the CampInTouch Portal and they will be available tomorrow morning.

News from Camp: August 3, 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

One of the SOLE Mountain trips at the trail head before heading off The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative trailwork crew.

Our week ended really well with three successful Fourteener climbs on Friday.  A group from Big Spring conquered Mt. Huron while a group from High Trails reached the top of Quandary Peak; in addition, a coed SOLE Mountain group summited Mt. Antero.   Unusually wet weather did not dampen our spirits at all during the week and all of our many trips and activities returned excited about their adventures.  Everyone was happy to reunite with the entire camp on Friday night.

We have had a busy weekend.  Yesterday’s Saturday Special Activities were fun in the morning, and in the afternoon, we all enjoyed a coed Carnival with all kinds of games, as well as cotton candy, sno cones, and popcorn. The dance on Saturday night had a Movies theme and there were many creative costumes.  Today, we prepared for next week’s trips, and both camps will end the day with our traditional vespers services.  The boys climb to the top of Little Blue for this special celebration and the girls go to “Sunday Rocks” on B-Bluff.   Our weather has dried out and we are once again enjoying blue skies and bright sunshine.
We were sad to see our Third Term Juniors depart on Friday—they had been a wonderful group, and we are grateful for our time together.  We have had a lot of fun greeting our Fourth Term Juniors today.  They have a busy week planned including their first camp-out on the Ranch, horseback rides, exciting hikes, swimming, crafts and much more.
Next week the girls will leave camp for three-, four- and five-day trips.  Some will head out on horse pack trips; others have chosen four- and five-day high mountain backpacks in to some of Colorado’s most pristine wilderness.  Other trips will be based in spectacular alpine areas like Silver Heels and Kite Lake near Alma.  Many groups will have the opportunity to climb mountains, and we know that our summit count will grow.
Big Spring has planned an exciting program of overnights and all-day trips including mountain climbing trips to Quandary Peak, La Plata Peak, and Mts. Shavano and Tabeguache.  The boys will also be horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping on the ranch and tubing on the river.  Their “long trips” are scheduled for the week of August 11.
We will post photos from the week on the CampInTouch portal later tonight, we are still working on getting a different plug-in for our main website that will allow us to continue uploading photos there. Parents please call the office if you are having trouble creating Guest Accounts that will allow other family members and friends to see the photos. We’re looking forward to another adventure-filled week!

Our week ended really well with three successful Fourteener climbs on Friday.  A group from Big Spring conquered Mt. Huron while a group from High Trails reached the top of Quandary Peak; in addition, a coed SOLE Mountain group summited Mt. Antero.   Unusually wet weather did not dampen our spirits at all during the week and all of our many trips and activities returned excited about their adventures.  Everyone was happy to reunite with the entire camp on Friday night.
We have had a busy weekend.  Yesterday’s Saturday Special Activities were fun in the morning, and in the afternoon, we all enjoyed a coed Carnival with all kinds of games, as well as cotton candy, sno cones, and popcorn. The dance on Saturday night had a Movies theme and there were many creative costumes.  Today, we prepared for next week’s trips, and both camps will end the day with our traditional vespers services.  The boys climb to the top of Little Blue for this special celebration and the girls go to “Sunday Rocks” on B-Bluff.   Our weather has dried out and we are once again enjoying blue skies and bright sunshine.
We were sad to see our Third Term Juniors depart on Friday—they had been a wonderful group, and we are grateful for our time together.  We have had a lot of fun greeting our Fourth Term Juniors today.  They have a busy week planned including their first camp-out on the Ranch, horseback rides, exciting hikes, swimming, crafts and much more.
Next week the girls will leave camp for three-, four- and five-day trips.  Some will head out on horse pack trips; others have chosen four- and five-day high mountain backpacks in to some of Colorado’s most pristine wilderness.  Other trips will be based in spectacular alpine areas like Silver Heels and Kite Lake near Alma.  Many groups will have the opportunity to climb mountains, and we know that our summit count will grow.
Big Spring has planned an exciting program of overnights and all-day trips including mountain climbing trips to Quandary Peak, La Plata Peak, and Mts. Shavano and Tabeguache.  The boys will also be horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping on the ranch and tubing on the river.  Their “long trips” are scheduled for the week of August 11.
We will post photos from the week on the CampInTouch portal later tonight, we are still working on getting a different plug-in for our main website that will allow us to continue uploading photos there. Parents please call the office if you are having trouble creating Guest Accounts that will allow other family members and friends to see the photos. We’re looking forward to another adventure-filled week!