Despite the 97 mph on top of the Peak today and the intense haze that filled the air, I am glad I made it to the summit to get this shot! Many people don’t know that Zebulon Pike wasn’t the first person to summit Pikes Peak and that when he tried, he actually failed to make it to the top proclaiming that it was impossible to reach the summit. It wasn’t until 16 years later in 1820 that Dr. Edwin James made the first recorded ascent. Unfortunately that wasn’t the first mountain Dr. James conquered in Colorado and subsequently had named after him so they decided to name it after the man who first laid eyes on the mountain – Zebulon Pike (The ORIGINAL Pikes Peak Guy). I thought it was important to have at least one shot with this monument and that little bit of that history in this book, but this shot also gives me a chance to show where my hometown of Woodland Park is in relation to the Peak. That little patch of roads off in the distance is my little mountain town and home to some of the most beautiful views America’s Mountain has to offer!

~The Pikes Peak Guy

~Pro Specs: ISO 100, Focal Length 18mm, Aperture f/9, Shutter Speed 1/250 sec.

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