SAN LUIS PEAK – 14,014'

Not too much to say about this one. We got started at 8a, maybe my latest start ever on a 14er. The hike was an easy 13.5 miles, and the weather was gorgeous. Couldn’t have asked for a better day. Couldn’t have asked for better company. To be honest, the drive out to the trailhead was my favorite part. Aspens lined the road much of the way, a yellow tunnel illuminated by the early-morning light. It was glowing, beautiful. I feel tremendous gratitude to have shared that experience with such a dear friend.

I expect this will be my last climb of the season, which leaves me 14 for next summer, most of them sketchy. Should be a good time. In the interim, I’ll have to keep myself in shape, so I can be ready to get after it when the snow melts.