The mountain man. 🏔🏔🏔
On top of Mt. Sniktau, and then starting our descent down the trail. I love how easy the trail looks in the second picture. 😂Once you get over that last false summit, that trail is near-vertical in some spots with loose dirt and rock. I always try to stay off the tundra as to preserve it, but I didn't have on my hiking boots and needed the tundra for better grip underneath my feet.
Exploring a high-elevation lake right off the Loveland Pass. You forget how high in the air you are until you look over and realize you're almost at eye-level with tops of those mountains on the horizon, which soar above 13,000 over sea level. 🏔🏔🏔
Video footage from the top of Mt. Sniktau. There is nothing in my life that has ever made me feel the way climbing to the top of a big-ass Colorado peak, and staring the other mountain tops right in their mountain faces, has ever made me feel. I've gotten plenty of thrills and rushes of adrenaline doing other things, but I can't describe the emotions you have when you stand on top of a mountain and look out at the other peaks and then stare down into the high-elevation valley below. You realize how incredibly tiny you actually are in comparison to this grand Earth, but then you also understand how much of an impact your tiny body have and of what it's truly capable.
So on top of that mound is the ACTUAL summit of Mt Sniktau, but the flat part of the peak on which I'm standing is sort of the celebrated summit. You can get a 360 view of the highly-elevated earth around you. It's a great place to stop, pee behind a mound of rocks like I did (that was fun), and catch your breath before either hiking back down (and torturing my knees) or choosing to continue to follow the trail that traverses the other mountain peaks.
13,240 ft above sea level.
More fantastic views from the top of Mt. Sniktau, a Colorado 13'er that boasts a beautiful and slightly challenging climb from the Loveland Pass summit.
Highest point on the mountain is 13,240 ft above sea level. If you want to get away from people, go climb a mountain. Trust me. Folks won't come looking for you up there. Most of them can't breathe above 10,000 ft. (Including me, but I still go. 😂)
Views from the summit of Mt. Sniktau, highest point of elevation 13,240 ft above sea level. A magnificent 13'er with equally magnificent views. That tiny road down there is at the summit of the Loveland Pass, which is 11,990 ft above sea level. Yes, we spent most of our afternoon far away from everyone else 😂. For the first time ever, I didn't have to literally eat half a bottle of pain pills above 9000 ft. Progress on this sensitive body! 🙌🏼
We've climbed just a bit up the Mt. Sniktau trail at this point from the summit of the Loveland Pass. I LOVE this time of year. The mountain air is still mild, and travelers are all back in their home states. It's the perfect time to explore the west. ❤️🏔
So grateful we made it up the Loveland Pass today! It won't be too long before this elevation starts seeing dustings of snow. The weather cooperated, only sprinkling rain from time to time. It was barely windy, and the air was chilly but not bitterly cold. Plus we warmed up quite a bit after climbing to over 13,000 ft on Mt. Sniktau. I got some phenomenal photos with my new phone. ❤️🏔 I love Colorado so much.
NEW PHONE WHO DIS?
Yes, Vic surprised me with a new iPhone, which has a bad-ass camera, after my other one was stolen last weekend. My lips are literally purple from lack of oxygen. 😂
We drove the Loveland Pass today and took a hike up Mt. Sniktau. My first 13'er. To be fair the trailhead starts at a high elevation. But the elevation gain is incredibly steep, quick, rocky, and almost near vertical in some spots. I still can't breathe at high elevation, but my body is doing better physically with being able to do some climbing activity without being wiped out in 15 minutes. Altitude sickness is also FINALLY lessening each time we go in the high Rockies. It's taking my diseased body much longer to adjust, but I'm slowly getting there. And WOW, were the views ever incredible from the summit!!