The morning was beautiful and not too cold. I wore my micro fleece sweater and a ball cap. I always love it when I can wear the ball cap; the snow dome is a massive sweat collector. Gloves were unnecessary for most of the climb. I ended up using my fleece gloves from about 12K on up, just to protect from the gusty winds. It took me 40minutes to cover the 1.75miles to the parking lot.
From 13K on up to the summit I just followed the rocks, since they were like climbing stairs. It was a pretty efficient way to make up the elevation, but after 13K I start huffing and puffing and my legs were feeling it too. So, it now becomes baby steps. I have no place to be and the weather was great, so I enjoyed not being rushed. That is one of the great things about solo climbing; it’s always at the pace you want. The mountain looked so close for so long, but all of them really do. Just after 11am I made the summit. There was no wind and it was warm, I’m really starting to love these CO 14ers. So far they have been warm where the 13ers have been frigid. I think I will jus climb these for a while…hahaha.
Hit the pavement and I was on my way. I removed a few layers and it was nice being in a t-shirt for once.
Mount Evans may be next on my list, so I was scoping out some route options from the area I started. Have to get my 3K ft for that one, and that mountain has a road to the summit. Took some pictures of a few 13ers on my way out, always keeping in mind the next adventure. A little before 3pm I was back to my car. Never did see anyone on the trail, so it was my mountain for the day. I love it, climbing it something that always keeps my mind racing and I don’t know what I would do without the mountains.
Starting Elevation: 10,900ft
Elevation Gained: 3,160ft