|Difficult Pass seen from the north (the upper section of the Difficult Creek valley).|
|Approaching Bowman Pass from the north. Jay is the small figure nearing the pass summit.|
|Bowman Pass seen from the south, the Bowman Creek side. Jay descending on the faint trail.|
|The southern approach to New York Pass.|
|Final approach to New York Pass from the south, showing the cairn and pole marking the summit.|
Here's a short section from the book that the publisher decided to remove. I guess he felt it didn't propel the story forward. It was one of my favorite bits, though, so I couldn't totally let it go.
Picture Romeo and Juliet sharing a romantic hike up Long’s Peak.
Romeo: Ah, my stomach groans so, shall we stop here for our mid-day repast?
Juliet: Why, Romeo, it is but half eleven, we have not yet gained the boulder field.
Romeo: Surely, you know how I have trouble keeping my pace when my blood sugar gets low.
Juliet: I acquired for you the finest of snack bars and with my own hands created a wholesome trail mix -- these things I made available to you earlier this morn. Perhaps such a snack would help to revive your failing energy.
Romeo: Was I supposed to pack those myself?
Juliet: Here, my love, have one of mine.
. . . and later
Juliet: Listen my love, the baleful wind does moan, and I spy snow pellets against my sweater!
Romeo: Wonderful weather, this, the stuff of romance and legend.
Juliet: But Romeo, can you not see that I have goose pimples and am starting to feel quite chilled?
Romeo: Ah, my sweet Juliet, let the glow of my love keep you warm.
Juliet: I’d rather let your fleece jacket keep me warm, my dearest.
Romeo: But then, what should I wear? Surely you have your own Goretex jacket to don.
Juliet: You know that jacket makes me feel fat. Foresooth, I have left it in the Subaru.