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Hike to Quartz Peak

If I ever decide to do a strenuous hike the weekend after a week-long illness, someone please shoot me. Or at least talk some sense into me.

This past Sunday I did something really insane, even by my standards. I went on a 6 mile hike with 3000′ elevation gain after being on a liquid diet for a week. Not smart. I had the flu, or something similar, and on Wednesday had come THIS close to passing out from losing so many fluids. I was so nauseous that it was hard to get anything down. By Sunday, I thought I was fully recovered and could handle a hike, but physically my body had obviously taken a beating. I just didn’t have the energy to make it up that mountain. My vision kept blotching up, and I felt like I was going to faint the entire time.

Yet I did it anyway.  And I was miserable the whole way up.

This is a zoomed-in view of Quartz Peak from my lunch spot. We nicknamed the mountain Pterodactyl Poop mountain, for obvious reasons. If you squint really hard, you can see Tony, Mike and Greg as distant figures on top. I had fallen behind from the rest of the crew, and at this point wasn’t sure if it was worth the effort to get to the top. I decided to take a break and eat my lunch – which gave me the rejuvenation & energy required to scramble up that last 1/4-mile stretch. It turns out that last stretch looks a lot more daunting than it really is.

From 3.22.09 Quartz Peak

Tony, Mike and Greg on top of Quartz peak. I think this is a cool shot, with the ridgeline in the background.

From 3.22.09 Quartz Peak

Here is some flora of the region – a Microseris. This is actually my second siting of a Microseris, my first being on top of Flatiron. It was a very windy day on top of the mountain (and from what my folks told me, it was a windy day across the state in general).  This little guy was blowing like CRAZY in the wind, and with my little point and shoot it was hard to get anything in focus.

From 3.22.09 Quartz Peak

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