We tried to beat the April heat with a pre-dawn start, but the heat caught up to us on the totally exposed trail. With about three miles to go, Patrick came dangerously close to heat stroke or something similar. I won't get into the details of that here, but it is worth noting how even strong, well-prepared hikers can get blindsided in the hills.
Should I take direction from this sign? If so, then what does that mean?
Full moon (or close to it).
Lots of ups and downs.
Santiago Peak in the background with Bell Ridge in the middle foreground.
Patrick observing hundreds of jumbo ants on the summit.
Preparing to slog back up a big bump on the descent.
Looking back at Pinos Peak.
We had to move this bundle of joy out of the way to pass safely. He went berserk when Patrick prodded him with a trekking pole.