Me and Taco schlepped up from Santa Fe and tried to get an early start.
The peaks peeking
The starting point was Cabresto Lk
I climbed a couple thousand feet on gradually ascending singletrack
Initially, there were a few patches of snow
A bit more in the shade
View of the mesa just below Heart Lk
Heart Lake, El. 11,600. A pretty sweet alpine lake in NM.
My attempts at self-portraits have mixed results.
The trail from the lake headed up this slope toward the mesa.
Heart Lk from the slope.
Cairns led the way on the grassy mesa
Wheeler Peak, et al
Someone forgot to feed the dog
Venado Peak's summit ridge
Looking toward Venado Peak
Along Latir Peak's ridge
Lakes on private land to the west of Latir Peak
Another effort at self-photography
Glamorous summit of Latir Peak, El. 12,708
Ridge route to Venado Peak
I employed ice axe and crampons to ensure a safe ascent of mighty Venado, El. 12,734.
Virsylvia looks far away...
Looking south toward Wheeler Peak
I sent this green chile roll back and demanded an apology from the chef. It was subpar.
After my snack, I spotted some goat kin and was giddy with the prospect of a reunion.
As I neared, I sensed a similar sense of anticipation on the part of these hooved friends.
The summit ridge of Virsylvia made it difficult to identify the summit.
Then the sheep ran away...they must have spotted a grizzly or something.
Once atop Virsylvia's summit ridge, the locale of the highpoint was not any more apparent
This impressive cairn was a trick
After touching all the bumps along the ridge, I retraced my steps to Venado
It was an epic
I was shocked to spot Charlie Brown's Christmas tree...and made plans to retrieve it come December
Cabresto Peak (El. 12,488)
I headed back to Bull Creek
The narrow canyon held more snow than any spot I visited - about 6 inches of powder
Then it was gone...
Scrumptious singletrack headed back to Cabresto Lake
Cabresto Lake may not be 100% real. Back in the day, pirates forced victims to walk the plank on the lake's far shore.