During the week of July 16th the Roving crew was completing maintenance on the talus field at about 13.400 feet on Mt. Missouri. It was an exciting week for the roving crew and the challenge of working in the talus field was tackled head on. We were able to build 30 steps in the talus and recover a section of trail that had been blown out from rock slide. Another perk of working in the talus field of Mt. Missouri is the wonderful view of Mt. Belford you have. Continually during our work day we are able to look over at the 84 switch backs that go up Belford and see little black dots – actually the hikers on their way to the summit!
Since we were working at high elevations on the mountain, our commute was anything but short in the morning. Though, the commute took a while, it was quite beautiful – the alpine meadows at the base of Mt. Missouri are breathtaking. There is a wide variety of flowers in the meadows and fellow crew member Chris Houde can identify numerous different species and often spouts random facts about the flowers. With Chris’s help, our commutes to work prove entertaining and informative. I couldn’t ask for a better way to wake up in the morning.
This week the Roving crew will be working on Mt. Massive with ten volunteers from a summer camp for a couple of days and hope to get a lot of work done and meet some amazing people. This will be our second stint on Mt. Massive and I look forward to returning. The mountain is so impressive; I really look forward to exploring higher altitudes on the peak. Have a great day and go hike!