|My first year as a member was totally memorable as it was a brutally bad snow and extreme temperatures. My notes from the climb notate the extreme temperatures.
December 30th, 2014. Day started out at 8 below zero on the trail as we started. New snow had fallen overnight and the hike to Barr Camp was breaking snow and temperatures all day below zero. We had small breaks and short lunch and kept moving to stay warm.
Barr Camp was a warm welcome and the fire was burning and keeping the cabin warm in ice covered world of Pikes Peak.
We ate and visited then off to sleep as the next day would be even tougher. The hike to A Frame was tough and the new snow was deeper with some areas up to knee deep. We shared the head of the group in order to share the load.
As we got past A frame it was colder, windy, and had challenges. I personally was spent just getting to A Frame and really bombed out the last mile. it was a tough hike and really hard for me personally.
After much food and getting warm, later that night I had the privilege to set off the fireworks bringing in 2015.