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Training for Shasta — Santa Fe Baldy attempt, 26 May 2014

The post is a little long but I saw interesting things…

I didn’t summit but it was a blast. Weather ran the gamut: sunshine, fog, snow, groppel, hail, rain, and of course, lots of thunder and lightning.

Wilderness Gate selfie in the fog.

Wilderness Gate selfie in the fog.

The always gorgeous Rio Nambe.

The always gorgeous Rio Nambe.

Curious chipmunk.

Curious chipmunk.

The intersection of Windsor and Skyline trails -- about 4.5 miles in.

The intersection of Windsor and Skyline trails — about 4.5 miles in.

Weather looking iffy.

Weather looking iffy.

The goal.

The goal.

Then this -- no more goal.

Then this — no more goal.

Large sections of Skyline still look like this.

Large sections of Skyline still look like this.

Gray Jay enjoying someone's discarded pit.

Gray Jay enjoying someone’s discarded pit.

There's a fungus among us!

There’s a fungus among us!

Blurry squirrel -- sucker is fast!

Blurry squirrel — sucker is fast!

Deadwood -- the Nikon AW100 has a nice "High Contrast B&W" filter.

Deadwood — the Nikon AW100 has a nice “High Contrast B&W” filter.

A *very* popular pine tree.

A *very* popular pine tree.

Aspens against the clouds.

Aspens against the clouds.

Ptarmigan -- I'd never seen one in the Sangre De Cristos before.

Ptarmigan — I’d never seen one in the Sangre De Cristos before.

I'm big.  Look at my tail feathers and be afraid!

I’m big. Look at my tail feathers and be afraid!

Almost out after getting hailed on again.

Almost out after getting hailed on again.

Training for Shasta — Atalaya, 25 May 2014

Used the trusy Nikon AW100.

Me and my sweetie on the summit.

Me and my sweetie on the summit.

It's not too long but it gets you well above the city.

It’s not too long but it gets you well above the city.

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia)

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia)

Still figuring out what this one is...

Still figuring out what this one is…

Edit 30 May 2014 — it’s a Santa Fe Phlox (Phlox nana). I kept finding “Phlox nana Nutt.” The “Nutt.” part is for Thomas Nuttal, who first identified it. Thanks Marla, for finding the answer.