Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Inversion alert! Sunny hiking above 9,000 feet
It's a spooky, misty Halloween morning down here in Colorado Springs. There are even a few snowflakes floating around. Good day to stay indoors, right?
Well, maybe not. It's gorgeous at about 9,000 feet. The skiing could be sublime at Glen Cove. The summit is sunny (though probably not very warm). Anyone craving natural light (not, not that Natural Light) can hike up through the clouds on any number of summits.
I don't think there is a better feeling than climbing through the clouds. It gets murkier and murkier, then gradually, imperceptibly, it becomes lighter. Suddenly, the cloud break. The summits above look like islands floating in the clouds. The city, the roads -- all signs of civilization -- lay cloaked below a shining silver sea.
It was down a minute ago, but check out the Pikes Peak cam on any cloudy day for a view of another world.
Posted by Dave Philipps at 8:24 AM