By Brittney Jill
The feeling of awe overtook me while looking out from the 14,172 foot summit of Mt. Bross at the terrain I had just conquered. We set out from the Kite Lake trailhead and in just over six hours I had visited four peaks, all over 14,000 feet! Being from Massachusetts, the term “fourteener” isn’t really in our vocabulary. So this hike, this accomplishment, really made me feel like I had assimilated into my new home state of Colorado. The Colorado landscape and these challenging hikes bring in many tourists and adventure seekers looking to bag their next peak but I wondered as I peered out among my fellow trail stompers (an impressive mix of folks) what this hike meant to them.
The mountains are more important to the state of Colorado than just the tourist economy of Rocky Mountain National Park or a killer snowboarding season. These…
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