Melissa was leaving for a business trip on Wednesday evening so I decided to go for it. I loaded the Jeep up on Wednesday afternoon and met up with Paul up by the Crags just a little after seven. There wasn't any time wasted and we got on the road (and trail) headed up towards Devil's Playground.
|Sunset over the Mosquito Range as seen from the back side of Pikes Peak
Believe it or not it was quite warm, even after 9:00 p.m. up there. I fell asleep on top of my sleeping bag initially but all of that changed about 02:00 a.m. when the temperature just seemed to plummet.
|The Crags Hilton and Altitude Training Center
Got back, started packing the Jeep, misplaced my keys, found keys in my shorts pocket... finished packing up and headed out at 6:17 a.m. back to town. At that time the thermometer on the Jeep registered a whopping 36 degrees.
The great thing about this little outing was that I learned that I can be up there in less than an hour and sleep at a higher elevation at night and come back in the mornings for work if I need to and quite easily at that. It isn't my preferred option for altitude acclimatization but in a pinch it will suffice.