July 1st, 2007


Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt from Guanella Pass, six miles round trip, 2,770 feet to an altitude of 14,060 feet.

Oy, I'm not in as good of shape as I'd hoped or thought I was in. This was a painful hike (took seven hours, when it should have taken 4 to 5, maybe, and also, burned myself in a few places due to sloppy sunscreen application). But... We made it, and back, and no one got eaten by a bear or anything.

And, my knees feel fine; I was careful, but that's a relief nonetheless, since they've often given me problems. A very good sign. Wish I'd remembered to bring my hiking poles, though -- it would have made things a little easier.

However, after this hike, I'm reconsidering my options on climbing Fuji-san... I guess it depends on how much better shape I can manage to get into, in, oh, six weeks or so. I'm now fully considering wimping out and starting from the fifth station instead of Fuji-Yoshida.

Anyway, I took a lot of pictures, including (for some reason) a lot of pictures of dogs (and kept a number of them. It sort of became, er, a "hobby" as the day went on. We saw so many dogs on the mountain -- I don't remember seeing any at all my last time up).

Anyway, the usual pictures (as usual, click through to see the whole set).

Me, at 14,060 feet above sea level: