Getting an early morning start is key when planning to summit any 14er. Summer afternoons are subject to fast moving weather including wind, rain, sleet, snow, hail and lighting. So the idea is to get up and be on top and make moves towards lower elevation as early in the day as possible.
The route was simple; up one drainage, climb some switchbacks, summit Antero and go back down a different drainage to the trailhead. The adventure covered just over 19 miles total, but it was far from easy. Remember those repeated steps I was talking about? Pedal, push, hike, climb, repeat. Well that happens a lot and when you think it’s just about over, the steep part really kicks in, and then it gets technical.
If you’re interested, you better be ready for the pain cave. There is something about putting yourself into these situations that does something in your mind that you find yourself craving the next one. Even with all the pain and soreness this type of ride brings, you will crave more.