October 7th 2012
Mt Sniktau – Clear Creek County, CO – 13,234 ft (4,034 m)
Upslope Pumpkin Ale – Pumpkin Beer – 7.7% ABV
Time to test the winter gear. Our plan was to try to get up and do both Sniktau and Grizzly. That didn’t happen, but it was still a good day. Getting to the trail head at 7 and reading a balmy 12 F on the thermometer was a good way to start the day.
Once we got to the divide and were trekking along it there were crazy winds. My guess would be right around 0 to 5 F with the wind chill for the first hour or two. I realized pretty quickly that I was going to need a new pair of mitts if I want to keep hiking through the winter. Once we started coming down off Sniktau over to Grizzly I had to stop every 15 or 20 minutes and put my hands down my pants (HOT) to warm them up.
We got to the point where we had to be back into town for a birthday party before we could finish Grizzly. It probably didn’t help that I had to stop so much to warm my hands :(. Oh well, that just leaves Grizzly as another trip this winter. For the actually beer shot we just had to go down below the ridge at one point because it was just too windy to take an actual summit shot.
Upslope. They brew awesome special beers and pretty bland normal beers. Pumpkin beers. They are usually too spicy and not pumpkin-y enough for me. But this being a special Upslope brew AND it winning gold at the 2011 GABF I figured it was worth a go. And I was right. This is a great pumpkin beer. MUCH more pumpkin and less spice that most. Big at the same time. Probably my favorite pumpkin beer.