When the wildflower season is over the fall colors haven’t begun, it is 14er season for me. Warmer weather, less chance for storms, and rewarding summits are just a few reasons why to save 14ers for the end of August and early September.
While I generally avoid hiking 14ers on weekends or holidays, with a surprise, early snowstorm in the forecast, I headed to Buena Vista with my friend Colin to bag my third 14er for the season after getting the hole in my heart closed in January.
I had subconsciously taken a five-year hiatus from the popular peaks due to feeling so rotten after hiking them. Who knew I wasn’t getting enough oxygen? While I can’t say I feel perfect after summiting them now, at least I can function afterwards.HAPPY HIKING!