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Last summer my wife and I completed climbing all the 14,000 foot peaks in the Elk Range of Colorado. When I last left off, we had finished climbing Pyramid Peak. As seems to be the case with all of our climbs in the Elks, climbing Snowmass required multiple trips. We first attempted to climb in early July. Unfortunately, our daughter had brought home from gymnastics a nasty upper respiratory (not Covid) virus that completely kicked my ass.
The trip to Snowmass is a long journey. From the trail head it is 22 miles round-trip, with a gain of almost 6000 feet altitude. For our first attempt at Snowmass we planned to hike into Snowmass Lake, a beautiful Alpine lake that sits right below timberline. Unfortunately, as we began hiking in I began developing muscle aches fevers and a severe cough. The final push to the lake, which sits at 11,000 feet, was brutal. I had to stop every 50 yards to catch my breath. We got to the lake at about 7 PM, set up camp, and after dinner I promptly fell asleep. After sleeping poorly through the night with ongoing fevers, I knew I would not be able to climb the next morning. It was a shame, because the next day was spectacular.
So we hiked back out.
Luckily, PCR testing when we got home to Denver was negative for COVID, both for me and for the vector child who brought the illness home from Gymnastics.