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Basecamp: Hiking Colorado's Mummy Range

Program Number: 9883RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/29/2014;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Pingree Park, Colorado
Price starting at: $1,098.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; Natural History Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 20; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Up for a challenge? Based at 9,000-foot Pingree Park, tackle some of Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park’s most rewarding peaks: Signal Mountain, Stormy Peaks, Fall Mountain, and Comanche Peak. Learn light-packing techniques, expeditionary leadership skills and mountain safety. Climbs are non-technical but very strenuous and back to back. Our goal is to prepare you for further climbing adventures on great mountains of the world or on our companion “To the Top, Hiking Colorado 14ers” Road Scholar Program (#9891).




Highlights

• Attempt climbs on three peaks (up to 12,700 feet) in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Comanche Peaks Wilderness area of Roosevelt National Forest.
• High- and low-element ropes courses allow for personal challenge and teambuilding.
• Learn about hiking, mountain safety and high-altitude acclimatization.



Activity Particulars

Pre-conditioning above 5,000 feet strongly recommended. Climbs are weather-dependent and 6-8 hours long, 8-16 miles daily round-trip with elevation gains of 3,500-5,000 feet.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Pingree Park

Colorado State University's Pingree Park campus lies in a beautiful mountain valley on the northern border of Rocky Mountain National Park. Purple Pasque Flowers greet visitors in May, while brightly colored aspen leaves announce the fall months. Moose and deer often are seen in the valley, and temperatures are perfect for all types of activities.



Accommodations
Single-story campus housing with spectacular views from spacious lounge and deck.
Meals and Lodgings
   Pingree Park Conference Center
  Pingree Park, CO 7 nights
 Pingree Park Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Pingree Park is a beautiful mountain valley. Within this valley is Colorado State University's Pingree Park Campus. The 1,200-acre campus is within sight of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and Roosevelt National Forest.
  Contact info: 16321 Pingree Park Road
Bellvue, CO 80512 USA
phone: 970-881-2150
web: www.pingree.colostate.edu
  Room amenities: Comfortable, carpeted modern rooms; private bathrooms.
  Facility amenities: Spectacular views from the spacious lounge and deck. Carpeted rooms and private baths. Free Wireless Internet. One computer available for Internet access in evenings. Two payphones for long distance calls.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call Pingree Park for rates Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call Pingree Park for rates Persons desiring early or between sessions, or late stayovers should call Pingree Park Campus for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 8:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in by 4:00 PM; campus tour and orientation at 5:00 PM. You will be staying at Pingree Park Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Room check-out is 10:00 AM. You will be staying at Pingree Park Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. To be mailed back to Mountains and Plains Institute Office: Required Acknowledgement of Risk Form Transportation form if reserving shuttle from Fort Collins to Pingree Park
  Parking availability:
Parking is free on campus
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Pingree Park, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Fort Collins, CO
  Nearest highway: CO State Hwy 14
  Nearest airport:  Denver International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Pingree Park, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Pingree Park

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
See below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for Denver to Fort Collins rates; Pingree Campus Shuttle Information mailed with Packet
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours 

 

Distance:

 

130 miles

   

Shuttles from Den. Intl. Airport to Fort Collins Hilton Hotel: SuperShuttle-reservations 970-482-0505/800-258-3826 or Greenride Colorado-reservations 1-888-472-6656. Ask to be dropped off at the Fort Collins Hilton Hotel - 425 W. Prospect Rd. NOTE: This is not the Hilton Garden Inn. Campus van will pick up at Fort Collins Hilton at 3 pm. on first day of program only and bring to Pingree Park. Van departs Pingree Park at 6:30 a.m.last morning of program to Fort Collins arriving Hilton at 8:15 am.

 
Driving Directions
  Denver, Colorado From DIA: Pena Blvd. to I 70 West I70 West to I25 North I25 North to Fort Collins, State HWY 14 exit, West (Mulberry Street) State Hwy 14 for 35 miles to Pingree Park Rd. 16.5 mi. to Pingree Park
  Fort Collins, Colorado College Avenue North, US Hwy 287 and State Hwy 14 for 10 miles to Junction, Poudre Canyon and division of highways. Take Poudre Canyon, State Hwy. 14 west for 25 miles to Pingree Park Rd. junction, then 16.5 mi. to Pingree Park
Elevation Note: Those walking, hiking in activities will experience elevations from 9,000 to 12,800 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Broken in hiking boots, daypack, water bottles, wind and rain protection, recommend list in attachments.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in by 4 pm, Orientation and Safety Lecture 5:00 pm.
(Sunday, June 22)

Note: Pingree Park is a beautiful mountain valley. Within this valley is Colorado State University's Pingree Park Campus. The 1,200-acre campus is within sight of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and Roosevelt National Forest



   
 Afternoon: Arrival/check in by 4 p.m., campus tour and orientation at 5 p.m.
 Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Important program orientation and safety lecture; NOTE daily schedules listed below may change due to weather, group and safety considerations
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Teambuilding and problem solving on the Challenge Course
(Monday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: Problem solving Challenge Course Activities. Daylong activities teach individual and team behavior with an emphasis on safety. "Teamwork" Climbing adventures on this program and on great mountains of the world involves working with a group of people. It requires common goals, excellent communication, and a willingness to work in a team, as a team, to be a part of a team
 Lunch: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Afternoon: Individual challenges continues on the High Elements Ropes Course
 Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Presentation on Outdoor Pursuits
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Signal Mountain Climb
(Tuesday, June 24)

Note: Day long hiking climb of 11,262 ft. Signal Mountain, 11 miles Round Trip, 2,600' vertical gain/loss; hike on established trail up and back 5.5 miles each way.



   
 Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: Day long hiking climb of 11,262 ft. Signal Mountain, 11 miles Round Trip, 2,600' vertical gain/loss; hike on established trail up and back 5.5 miles each way.
 Lunch: Sack lunch, pick up at Breakfast
 Afternoon: Continue morning's hike
 Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Lecture on Mountain Safety
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Stormy Peaks Climb
(Wednesday, June 25)

Note: Day long hiking climb of 12,148 feet Stormy Peaks, 10 miles Round Trip, 2,200 vertical gain/loss; hike on established trail up and back 4 miles each way, last .5 mile each way is over and around rocky terrain including boulders with no established trail.



   
 Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: Day long hiking climb of 12,148 feet Stormy Peaks, 10 miles Round Trip, 2,200 vertical gain/loss; hike on established trail up and back 4 miles each way, last .5 mile each way is over and around rocky terrain including boulders with no established trail.
 Lunch: Sack lunch, pick up at Breakfast
 Afternoon: Continue morning hike
 Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rest and Recovery Day
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: Day free to rest and give muscles a break from previous two days' hikes. Options: laundry, writing post cards, reading, hike to Denny’s Point
 Lunch: Sack lunch, pick up at Breakfast
 Afternoon: Continue Day Off! Options: The natural history valley loop, visit the historic buildings, sleep!
 Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Slide show of Climbing Expedition
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fall Mountain Climb
(Friday, June 27)

Note: Day long hiking climb of 12,258 feet Fall Mountain, 10 miles Round Trip, 2,600 to 2,800 vertical gain/loss; hike on established trail up and back 4 miles each way, last .5 mile each way is over and around rocky terrain including boulders with no established trail.



   
 Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: Day long hiking climb of 12,258 feet Fall Mountain, 10 miles Round Trip, 2,600 to 2,800 vertical gain/loss; hike on established trail up and back 4 miles each way, last .5 mile each way is over and around rocky terrain including boulders with no established trail.
 Lunch: Sack lunch, pick up at Breakfast
 Afternoon: Continue morning hike
 Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Free time for relaxation and reflection
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cirque Meadows and Emaline Lake Hike
(Saturday, June 28)

Note: Day long hiking to Cirque Meadows and Lake Emaline 11,100 ft.,10.5 miles Round Trip, 2,100 vertical gain/loss; hike on established trail up and back 5.25 miles each way.



   
 Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: Day long hiking to Cirque Meadows and Lake Emaline 11,100 ft.,10.5 miles Round Trip, 2,100 vertical gain/loss; hike on established trail up and back 5.25 miles each way.
 Lunch: Sack lunch, pick up at Breakfast
 Afternoon: Continue morning hike; late afternoon, Closing Reception
 Dinner: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Closing program, "The Week in Review".
   
Accommodations: Pingree Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departures after Breakfast, check-out of rooms by 10:00 am.
(Sunday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
 Morning: Independent departures after breakfast
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Pingree Park, CO Colorado Visitor & Convention Bureau
Phone: 800-265-6723
  Discovery Center Science Museum
703 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO Phone: 970-472-3990 For additional information, visit www.dcsm.org
  Fort Collins Visitors Bureau
Phone: 970-482-5821
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains


Author: Isabella Bird


Description: In 1872, Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes 'in search of health' and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. The letters that make up this volume were first published in 1879. They tell of magnificent, unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A classic account of a truly astounding journey.



Geology Underfoot along Colorado's Front Range


Author: Lon Abbott and Terri Cook


Description: The transition from the relatively flat Great Plains to the craggy peaks of Colorado s Front Range is one of North America s most abrupt topographical contrasts. The epic, 1,800-million-year geologic story behind this amazing landscape is even more awe inspiring. In Geology Underfoot along Colorado s Front Range, the most recent addition to the Geology Underfoot series, authors (and geoscientists) Lon Abbott and Terri Cook narrate the Front Range s tale, from its humble beginnings as a flat, nondescript seafloor through several ghostly incarnations as a towering mountain range. The book s 21 chapters, or vignettes, lead you to easily accessible stops along the Front Range s highways and byways, where you ll meet the apatosaur and other dinosaurs who roamed the floodplains and beaches that once covered the Front Range; look for diamonds in rare, out-of-the-way volcanic pipes; learn how America s mountain, Pikes Peak, developed from molten magma miles below the surface only to become an important visual landmark for early Great Plains travelers; and walk the Gangplank, a singularly important plateau for both nineteenth-century westward expansion and our understanding of the Front Range s most recent exhumation. A healthy dose of full-color illustrations and photos demystify the concepts put forth in the authors elegant, insightful prose. With Geology Underfoot along Colorado s Front Range in hand, you ll feel like you re traveling through time as you explore the Front Range s hidden geologic treasures.



Recollections of a Rocky Mountain Ranger


Author: Jack Moomaw


Description: From about 1920 to 1945 Jack Moomaw rangered at Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a collection of short stories of the unusual or outstanding events that occurred during his tenure as a ranger. There are quaint stories of colorful people he met or knew, and stories of rescues and tragedies. Jack was an extremely hardy soul; he loved winter patrols and survived in cold weather that sent others to the hospital. He dabbled in archaeology and was a huge chauvinist. Stories are short (just a few pages) and interesting. This is a fun read.





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