Joe came out to Colorado for a mountain climbing vacation. He started out his trip in the San Juans and then is heading up to the Maroon Bells and Rocky Mountain National Park to round out his trip. The objective in the San Juans was the beautiful Arrow Peak. Joe was on a tight schedule so we planned a two-day trip. We took the Narrow Gauge Railroad to Elk Park and hiked up to Vestal Basin. Although we hiked to just over 11,000’ the first day and Joe lives at only a few hundred he did great. Likely thanks to his rigorous exercise routine back home in Virginia. The next morning we summited Arrow Peak at 8:30am with a great show of endurance on Joe’s part. Joe commented on the route that it was the most sustained climbing he had ever done on a mountain. 8:30am is early to summit but we wanted to get up and down so that we could catch the train leaving Elk Park that afternoon. We caught the train by 15 minutes and relaxed all the way back to Durango. It was great to listen to Joe’s stories of his past Colorado ascents and I hope to see him out there.
Joe gearing up at the base of the climb
On the summit of Arrow Peak!