I loved the climb once above the tree line. The fantastic scenery helped keep my mind off the steepnes and the old "one foot in fron of the other" method. The descent below the tree line felt to me like knee and hip replacement time!
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe