From Arkansas River TH in BV Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2009
This is a beautiful snow season hike. The Sawatch views weren't as great as we hoped b/c the mountains were socked in with snow. But stomping through the powder (we took a "scenic" ascent route) then strolling back through the snow-covered desert was nice.
Woke up at 3:30 a.m. in Janesville, Wisconsin, drove to Chicago and took a flight to Denver. Drove to Buena Vista, pulled my hiking clothes out of the suitcase and put them on in the car. Started the hike at 2:40 p.m and was on the summit by 3:40 p.m. Great hike with wonderful views. I am sure during the morning hours the views of the Peaks of the Sawatch Range (to the west) will be much better than the afternoon. Good way to acclimatize.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."