Bierstadt Ascent w/Homie by billwright510 at Garmin Connect - Details
Fun morning with Homie. Clear, blue skies the entire time and hardly any wind, which was a good thing because it was quite cold (below zero at the summit, I'm sure). Trail packed out pretty much the entire way. We were the first guys up, but we passed a guy with dog. We didn't pass close by him on the way up, but did on our way down. In weather that cold, this was a short-haired dog with no booties or anything to protect its paws...its three paws! That dog only had one back leg and you had to look closely to notice this, the dog was doing so well. I felt like quite the wimp, dressed head-to-toe in multiple layers of hi-tech gear with chemical heaters in my boots and mittens, next to this bad-ass dog.
We made it up in 2:29 (Homie a minute or two faster) and the roundtrip in 4:31, with nearly 20 minutes on the summit. We used no floatation of any kind, but skis might have been nice, as you have to go 1.8 miles up the road before you get to the summer trailhead.