After looking at these pictures, I realized I looked a little scary, like...bomberish, scary! It was cold, and I really did not care what I looked like. I was trying to stay warm, but not so warm that I started to sweat. Like I said earlier, it was 26 degrees out, and I knew I'd be out there for around 2.5 hours...I did not want to get wet. Plus, on top of the temp, it was very, very windy up there, so I'm assuming that means there was a wind chill factor, too. It was a balancing act between keeping bundled up, and taking my gloves off and pushing up my sleeves when I'd start to sweat so that I'd stay dry. My climbing legs were shot about half way up the climb (see strava link for an elevation profile), but my running legs could still run whenever the trail leveled out a bit...so thats good. : ) Anyhow...each of these would have the same caption "BBRRR!!" Also, I'm not editing any of these at all, no touch ups or filters or adjusting saturation...they are as I took them and straight to the blog. A day when the blues were super blue and the greens were super green.
NTL has taught me, on this very mountain, that you're never stopping to rest, you are stopping because you needed to take a picture. I "needed" to take a few pictures during the climb.