Hiking And Biking Colorado’s Highest Peaks
The Estes Valley Library’s “Our Wonderful World” travel-adventure series continues on Monday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m., with a presentation by Bart Miller titled “Bike and Hike Colorado’s Fourteeners.” Miller’s talk and slide presentation will be held at the Rocky Mountain Opry Theatre (Park Village Playhouse) located inside National Park Village at 900 Moraine Avenue. The free presentation is open to all.
In the summer of 2009, Bart Miller embarked on a seven-week adventure to hike and explore the Colorado Fourteeners—and he did so with a special twist. Miller decided to ride to the trailheads on bicycle. While the goal was ambitious, Miller was no stranger to hiking—especially journeys above tree-line. “The landscape there is fragile and rough,” he observes, “the air is full of color, wind, and clouds; it’s a place for dreaming. Being up in the high country enables epiphanies—often about how you’d be less hungry and cold if you got down into the trees.”
Though Miller often commutes to work and around town on bicycle, he found mountain biking to be an area he had much to learn in preparation for his expedition—where he would find himself sometimes on busy highways, sometimes on dirt roads over mountain passes.
“Less than a month before leaving,” he recalls, “I finalized my route and likely mileage. If all went well, I’d summit 53 peaks in 48 days, ascending 150,000 vertical feet. Starting from my house and biking to the trailheads would be at least 1500 miles, maybe even 1800. Yikes! Even with light camping gear, my bike trailer plus gear would mean I towed 60 pounds. With only a rough sense of whether this thing could actually work, I set out on July 24, 2009.”
Monday’s audience will find out how Miller’s ambitious journey went—and they will enjoy photos and stories from some of Colorado’s most alluring locales.
When not out on a hiking or cycling adventure, Bart Miller serves as Water Program Director at Western Resource Advocates in Boulder, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with other groups—including the Colorado Mountain Club—to help protect the West’s land, air and water.
The “Our Wonderful World” series spans the globe this summer exploring extraordinary destinations. The Library offers a special thank-you to Scott Webermeier and the staff of National Park Village as well as the performers of Rocky Mountain Opry for generously providing event space once again for the series. Additional program support is provided by the Friends of the Library. For more information about upcoming programs in the series, visit estesvalleylibrary.org or call (970) 586-8116.