A little digging led me to this panorama of the high Sangre De Cristo Range. I’m not sure what took me so long, it’s what my friend Todd Caudle calls a “hard drive treasure hunt.” The cool thing for me is the memory of climbing Humboldt, a pretty “easy” 14er, with friends in the dark, then watching a gold sunrise followed by an amazing cloud show. It was of our most memorable days in the mountains, anywhere. The Sangre De Cristos hold a special attraction, blocks of stone that you can see from many viewpoints in the valley far below, but you have to earn each summit. It feels special and rare to stand on one of these majestic peaks. When you click on the image, be sure to click on the larger view option below the photo to see it bigger. With mountains, bigger is better.
Just for fun, this black and white image was made with on a commercial flight while flying from Albuquerque to Denver, a really great route for mountain viewing and naming. It’s an interesting reverse view of the panorama from the San Luis Valley side. Maybe it’s the aerial perspective, but the way the foothills point straight up to the mountain tops, with each 14er and associated foothills separated by a major drainage seems quite different from other Colorado Ranges.