John Howell picked a great hike this year for our annual boyz excursion into the woods and off the grid. Five men entered the Never Summer Wilderness to hike, fish, drink, cross the Continental Divide (twice), play in the snow and get Rocky Mountain High (12,200′ to be exact). Participants included Rob Blake (Montana), John Howell (Texas), Pat Boyer (Arizona), Scott & Jeff Thompson (Washington) – all fraternity brothers from Trinity (San Antonio).
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Highlights and memories included:
- Everyone had early flights to Colorado to get in, get geared up, buy fishing licenses, etc.
- Fishing in Big Thompson River outside of Estes Park
- Big Kahuna BBQ dinner at Smokin’ Daves
- First day hike, 7.5 miles to Bowen Lake – 2,100′ gain – Blue Bird Day hiking, but snow started in late afternoon after we got tents set-up – nailed it!
- Saw TWO bull moose on the way to Bowen – massive! check the pictures.
- All day Saturday was snow, fishing (Pat was only winner on fishing), big bon fire, napping and relaxing. Scott got two holes of golf in to keep the tradition alive.
- Day three – Patricks Birthday! – Rewarded with 8 tough miles through Bowen Pass, Continental Divide to Parika Lake. Another bluebird day, incredible views and Pat had his Oxygen Blast birthday gift to keep us all oxygenated. Highest point was 12,200′.
- We had another great campsite about 1/3 mile below the lake – once we set-up back to lake for fishing – killed it! 5 beautiful Eastern Brook Trout (Scott 2, Jeff 1, Patrick 2, Rob 0)
- Grilled fish and bourbon tasting Sunday Night – Also, clear sky’s and bright stars for gazing
- Monday – another blue bird day for the easy 7.5 mile hike out.