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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On a clear day you can see forever, well 11,000 square miles, anyway

Yep, once you take the Sandia Peak Tramway to the top (almost 11,000 ft) you're supposed to be able to see 10% of New Mexico's landmass. It was a cloudy day and watching the storm come in from the southwest was too cool. The views were still spectacular.
This was installed in 1966 (designed and built by a Swiss company, natch) to shoot skiers up to the top for skiing thereby eliminating the circuitous drive around the mountain from the west face to the east face to access the skiing.
Kevin doesn't look the least bit scared.

The first of two towers before you reach the peak.

 This is looking out the back of the cable car. The building at the bottom is the boarding station. We have not yet reached the 1st tower.
 When you trek the crest trail, in some places the only thing separating you from death at 11,000 feet (that's the START of your fall) is  about a foot of dirt.
Witness:
And remember you're walking this thing completely exposed to the 20 mile an hour winds blowing at you. There's the cliff on your right side, and the wide open sky on your left.

Here are some random shots from the top
Yeah, he's laughin' now but he has to climb back UPHILL at 11,000 feet. I don't care how long you've been going to Crossfit you're going to be wheezing.