We have had another great week at camp! Big Spring, High Trails and Sanborn Junior celebrated the Fourth of July with a Carnival and Sports Themed Dance on Saturday afternoon and evening. The many booths and events at the Carnival included cotton candy, dunk tank, Frisbee toss, water balloon launching, inner tube relays, popcorn, bubble gum blowing, and much, much, more.
Long trips at High Trails returned Thursday and Friday exuberant about their adventures and accomplishments. The four-day Elbert-Massive Backpack climbed 14,443’ Mt. Elbert and 14,421’ Mt. Massive (Colorado’s two highest peaks). The Colorado Trail five-day trip backpacked 25 miles along the Continental Divide and climbed 14,077’ Mt. Columbia. The four-day Pikes Peak backpack reached the top of that famous Fourteener on Thursday. Despite running into significant snow remaining from a record snowfall in the Colorado high country last winter, the Leavick Valley trip came very close to the summit of 13,748’ Mt. Sheridan. The Buffalo Peaks four-day backpack reached the top 13,326’ West Buffalo Peaks, and the four-day Oxford/Belford backpack trip summited both 14,153’ Mt. Oxford and 14,197’ Mt. Belford. The girls on the four-day backpack trip in the beautiful Tarryall Mountains were elated by their experience. The four- and five-day horse trips had a great time exploring wilderness areas south and west of camp.
Big Spring campers enjoyed many exciting overnight and all-day trips last week including climbs of Pikes Peak (14,115’), La Plata Peak (14,361’), Mt. Ouray (14,000), and Mt. Princeton (14,361’). The boys also had fun on horseback overnights, river trips, canoe all-days and overnights, technical rock climbing overnights, a mountain biking overnight, a Sonoran Desert overnight, and fishing all-days and overnights.
The Second Term of Sanborn Junior campers arrived Tuesday; they have been enthusiastic and energetic about their activities this week. They had outstanding overnight campouts on Thursday night and have also enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, crafts, hikes and nature programs at the Interbarn. Their group photos have now been posted on the website with the tent and cabinside photos.
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 an all-camp trip to the resort town of Breckenridge on Thursday. Sanborn Junior campers are looking forward to another campout, more horseback riding, an all-day tubing trip on the South Platte River, and an all-day hike to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
Until next week…