This morning, Casey Quinn and I climbed the 14er Mt Evans taking an unusual off-trail route. We parked over at Guanella Pass and bushwhacked through a couple of miles of swamp and willow. This led us to a climb of a steep, long gully that deposited us up on the ridge line. In the mountains of Colorado, the weather is changing now; up top, it was windy and there was about 0.5″ snow. We picked our way along the West Ridge of Mt Evans up to the summit. On the way back down, the snow and the sleet intensified. All told, a stout 10-mile climb that was made all the more memorable with good conversation, volatile weather, and the adventure of going cross country! 6 down, 48 to go.