Drove to Glenwood Springs.
Slept for 3.5 hours in the truck.
Arrived at the Maroon Peak trailhead at 4:30 AM.
Quick breakfast of bagels, PB, and cold coffee.
Headed off down the trail.
Pre-dawn at crater lake.
(The col is the obvious narrow snow route in the photo)
On to plan B.
Things kept getting steeper and more sketchy as we got higher.
Around 13,200 in this photo.
The backside of the route is a route-finding nightmare of cliff bands, steep loose gullies, and lots of rotten rock.
We turned around on the summit ridge about 150 vertical feet below the summit due to some big storms and lightning rolling in.
(The photo is crappy because of the weather, but above I'm descending off the summit ridge)
Stephen can be seen on the rib above.
We descended some super sketchy terrain in the rain.
14 hours after starting out, we arrived back at the truck.
True to Carney form...we didn't take enough food and ate anything we could chew on that we found in the truck....we even devoured a bulk box of NERDS! 20 servings divided 2 ways....oh yeah!
It sucks turning around, but we made the right call when we came over the summit ridge and saw the black sky.
We did however, get to look down onto a rainbow in the valley as we were descending...ever done that?
More quality truck sleep in Glenwood Springs.
Breakfast of dry oatmeal packets...tasty.
This time we upgraded to hot coffee!
Drove to Vail.
Met up with Paul.
Headed out for some awesome riding.
The buff trails just never end.