Support 14ers.com
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...
 Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
 Post Date:  07/02/2012 Modified: 07/06/2012
 Date Climbed:   06/23/2012
 Posted By:  djkest
 Additional Members:   Chaos Penumbra

 The Smokey San Juan Half-Marathon   


San Luis Peak


Stewart Creek Trailhead
Start Time: 5:10 PM
Projected Sunset: 8:35 PM


Sometimes people are afraid to try new things, only to realize that it's just not that big a deal. I was worried that I would be able to climb above 13,000 feet until I did my first 14er. My friend was worried that he simply couldn't finish a 10k until he did one.

Similarly, I had always been worried about doing 2 different 14ers in one day; that 2 seperate hikes in one daylight period would somehow be too much effort without a long nap in between. It turns out there is nothing magical about doing 2 hikes in one day, given enough rest, food, and water in between, oh- and maybe decent conditioning as well.

We had just done Wetterhorn Peak that morning, starting at 5:00 AM. It was 5:05 PM and we were hastily throwing our packs together as the sun relaxed behind intervening clouds, the angle already seemingly low in the sky. Have we ushered in a new era of madness? My mantra of "early starts" had always served me well. At risk was our long streak of successful climbs. The air was tainted with the smoke of 3 nearby wildfires, which gave a quietly ominous feel to the valley.

"Is this wise?", I wondered aloud.

** The Blog Continues the story **


Coming in on the road


Early view ahead


Where are you going, sun? Photo by SZL.

(In case you really hate clicking on links, we ended up reaching the summit about 25 minutes before Sunset and had a unique experience on the summit!)

 


  • Comments or Questions (2)
kmensch


Steward Creek marathon     2012-07-02 18:11:54
Was the smoke from the Little Sand fire? I'm looking to do Stewart, Organ, and Phoenix from Stewart Creek on Thursday in one push (about 25 miles) for a full marathon. What's your opinion?


djkest


smoke     2012-07-03 07:17:25
There were 3 different fires burning in the area at the time. I can't comment on your full marathon plan, but it looks like the approaches and climbing in that area are all pretty ”easy” compared to other places in Colorado. Good luck!



   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here


Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2014 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.