Summiting Mt. Baldy with Brian and the Dogs

From the Ski Santa Fe parking lot, one can venture up a few trails for about seven miles to get up to the summit of Mt. Baldy.  Topping at over 12,600 feet, the view of the surrounding Pecos Wilderness and high desert are spectacular.

I think B's backpack sweat imprint looks like Winnie the Pooh's Piglet...

Atop the peak

All the doggies made it to the top too.

On the way down in the Aspens...


San Juan Mtns on the Continental Divide Trail, Part 2

Richard traverses snow along the CDT without the safety of an ice axe.

Surveying the steep, somewhat treacherous snow crossing

Scrambling back up to the "trail"

My big brothers out of breath above 12,000 feet.

And incredible rainbow popped out after an afternoon thunderstorm.

Look at this freakin' epic landscape!

Good Night

Southern San Juan Mountains along the Continental Divide Trail, Part 1

Four of us started north from Cumbres Pass in southern Colorado to hike a section of the majestic Continental Divide Trail.  Hail briefly covers the trail from our nearly daily afternoon thunder and hail storms.

J Bear, Deepak Chopat and El Brujo

Evening noodles

Crazy vistas...For almost the entire 70-mile section, we were above 11,000 feet.

Atop the divide, it was possible to pee both to the east towards the Mississippi River and to the west towards the Colorado River all in one urination.

Often, there was no specific track or trail to follow...

And there were a few snowfields to cross.

There were some cold, wet afternoons.

The spectacular scenery just went on and on.

This was my brothers and I arriving back to the ridge and trail after taking an alternate route to drop off J Bear near a trailhead, which included some steep bushwalking through the forest.

Haas Bros