I visited Colorado this summer. We passed several colorful mesas as we drove through New Mexico.
We stayed at a retreat about 9,000 ft in elevation (2750 m).
On our way to climb Engineer Mountain. (12900 ft, 3900 m)
The hike to the base of the mountain was steep and tiring…
but the view that greeted me when we passed the timberline was incredible.
A rock glacier
The scramble was not easy. There wasn't much keeping me from tumbling through sharp debris if I slipped.
At last, I reached a resting point; a lookout had been constructed from the rocks to shield tired climbers from the wind. The view spanned most of the horizon.
I saw this pika below the lookout.
The climb ahead looked too difficult for me. I was beginning to feel exhausted from the altitude. I knew that after I reached the false summit, I would have another difficult leg to complete. I rested at the lookout, (11,700 ft) then returned down the mountainside.
On my way back to the trailhead, I noticed how tall the trees were.
The next evening, as a rainstorm hit.
Acute stress reaction