Bowie & Dio in the San Juans
Hey everybody! Sorry for the trickle of posts lately. I’ve been working hard and playing hard. After turning in a half-dozen stories for the August issue of EARTH magazine, I headed into the mountains, climbing three 11,000, 12,000 and 13,000-foot peaks back-to-back-to-back. Today, I handed in a Travels in Geology feature for EARTH on White Sands, New Mexico and I’m off again! It’s summer in southern Colorado and the mountains are calling! Stay tuned for posts and pix!
The San Antonio Dome in northern New Mexico is an epically big hill: 10, 908 feet. Notice the tiny vertebrae on the fencepost.
Sheepherder Arborglyphs on the Summit of San Antonio
Old kerosene lantern I found on the way up San Antonio.
Into the San Juan Wilderness!
Trail #813 aka the Continental Divide Trail
Treasure: An old boot I found stuffed in a cairn marking the Continental Divide Trail
Happy Hiker in the San Juans! One of my favorite places on Earth. I love how enormously bear-like Bowie looks in this photo. 12 years old and still a mountain dog!
Snowmelt along the CDT
Happy Snowday Dogs!
Summit Peak on the left (which I climbed in 2011) and Montezuma Peak on the right from the Unicorn
West Spanish Peak! Hard to believe there’s a trail up there…
Up and Up West Spanish Peak. The last 1/2 mile gained more than 2,000 feet of elevation! Whew!
Nearing the Summit! Dio beat me up, of course.
West Spanish Peak summit shot with my new mountaineering friend Richard. We both camped at the trailhead the night before this climb and decided to team up for the summit. Richard is training to climb Mount Rainier in July!
Summit shot! 13,625 feet!
Following Richard down the summit ridgeline. Crazy windy!
If you really miss me, check through the archives! I’ve written over 400 posts and somehow I doubt you’ve memorized all of them… 😉