Very bad altitude sickness. Thank goodness I had a ride down.
Training for the Pikes Peak Ascent, I decided to try the whole course (13.3 miles, 7800 ft. gain) beforehand so I wouldn't be surprised come race day. Absolutely brutal. I didn't run any of the trail, but maintained a strong hiking pace and didn't stop and rest at all. Managed to summit in 4:47, exhausted and amazed to see so many tourists on the top, especially 300+lb. smokers. Go figure.
If you want to visit Pikes Peak without the crowds on the Barr trail use the crags route.
We were caught in an early season snowstorm & decided to make camp at treeline, just below a series of remarkable rock formations (looked like Pikes Peak Granite). We made it to the summit the following day just before noon. The remenants of the "summer gaper factor" in the Centennial state had subsided by this time of the year to visitation to the top was sparse.
A Word About the Cog & the road:
The modernized Pikes Peak Cog Railway and the tourist road to the summit offers a lazy alternatives to hiking this famous mountains. The road sprays unnecessay carcinogens into the already polluted urban landscape of the Front Range. The Cog is worth riding once but if you are only visiting the mountain once, hike it!
The gift shop & obnoxious monument to Katherine Lee Bates detract from the overall pristine quality of this historical peak.
This was an amazing hike. Just below the summit an electrical storm moved in. We waited it out before going to the top and it was very impressive. Kind of weird to see the buildings and cars on top...
This is a long Climb. Carried a 50 lbs. pack up it as well. We camped at Bar camp. Great climb.
12 hours round trip including a one hour lunch at the summit. Alpine Master ate chili on the summit and about crapped himself on the way down. Devil Dog Dudeman was a hard charger. Great day!
Only person on top that day! Great feeling despite the cold and windy conditions. Started 1AM, finished 5PM. Couple hours sleep behind some logs half-way. It's depressing approaching at night, as the light on top of the summit buildings seems to stay equally far away no matter how many miles you cover. A truly excellent training mountian! 26 Miles, yeah!
1 day, round trip, first fourteener, what a day!!
I had been to the summit a few times via train ride but this was far more satisfying.
This was the second time I had run the Pikes Peak Marathon - certainly the strangest motive I've ever had to "climb" a peak. The Barr Trail is pretty straight forward. Just long and sustained, particularly the last 3K vert.. If I were hiking it, I'd bring along a water filter as there were a couple of seasonal streams that were still running in Aug which would provide water without having to carry it from the bottom. Past A frame it's wide open and typically windy up the last 3K vert.
I'll be back to run this but unless I really had to tick this peak on my list, I would opt for a more remote peak or a different route on Pikes, something on the southeast side.
Beautiful, hot weather. Great views. Exhausting, long hike. Interesting climate/scenery. Summit is an ugly parking lot! --> But I knew that beforehand.
Definitely a worthwile hike. Lots of very nice people on the trail. + several "confused" tourists that had no idea what it meant to hike 25+ miles and 7400 ft.
Last 3 miles had about 15% snow cover which made hiking a challenge.
Started up at 6:35AM with hard snow pack on the trail all the way up to tree line and beyond. I went up the ridge to the left of the saddle due to heavy snow. Crossed more snow going thru the notch at the rock wall near Devils Playground. Saw several race cars and motorcycles when crossing the road. Summited at 10:30AM stayed a half hour then back down, the warm weather made all the snow soft and postholing created more work heading down. Back to the car at 2:13PM, my 9th 14'er and another beautiful Colorado day, sweet!
Great day, hard work! ...but kinda makes you sick when you climb 7,400 feet in elevation, 13 miles in a day, and you get to the top only to find fat tourists eating hotdogs! ....dumb drivers!
I saw relatively few people on this mid-week hike (at-least until the summit). Summited in about 6 hours after a pre-dawn start. Caught a ride down with my wife and her family who had driven up.
We drove up. It was a scketchy way to get up but hey it's the highest ive been in my short lived 12 years on earth. My first 14er and 12th peak. My sisters 1st ever mountain. My dad was also with us, his 2nd time up the ole Pike.
Pike's Peak Ascent....figure it counts as a first 14er. Cured my desire to run...permanently.