Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
Date Posted:  07/02/2012
Modified:  07/06/2012
Date Climbed:   06/23/2012
Author:  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

Steward Creek marathon
07/03/2012 00:11
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?


07/03/2012 13:17
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!

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