Colorado residents, I discovered, are really into their outdoor exercises out there! I saw so many people riding their bicycles almost everywhere, even in the Rocky Mountain National Park where it amazed me that they could do it at such high elevations and low oxygen.
Hiking is very popular as well and no wonder what with so many amazing trails and scenery and then there is the trout fishing. Lakes and streams abound and while initially I was surprised to see people hiking up trails to lakes high in the mountains, after awhile they just became other hikers passing me on the trails as I sat to catch my breath. I am such a flatlander!
But it was the rock climbers that really caught my attention and they are a daring and quite wiry bunch. It may be difficult to see the guy on the side of the canyon here in Eldorado Canyon State Park in Boulder, Colorado but there he was. We couldn’t tell if he was going up, down, stuck or what. This photo was taken at 400mm so that should give you an idea of just how far up there he was.
I thought at first these two climbers were taking a selfie until I uploaded the image and discovered he was just taking a break (barefoot no less) and holding on to a rope.
Hanging on by the skin of his fingertips!
This woman was loaded up with gear to anchor the ropes; at least I assume that was her job. Maybe she was removing them?
I spoke with this woman, Isabel and her friends, and learned that she is a dancer but one that puts on a show where she and her group do like routines but on rock climbing walls on stage.
It was great to watch these athletes but this is something I do not foresee myself trying. At least not higher than oh say… 10 feet and that’s stretching it!
Next Colorado adventure? Possibly lake hiking – stay tuned!