Easily the coolest and also most technical hike I’ve done. It’s the one on the Coors light can! Plus, the more near death experiences you can squeeze into one hike, the more rewarding it is at the end (disclaimer: please don’t see this as inspiration and get yourself killed). We wanted to send one final 14er on our last weekend in Colorado and this seemed like the one to do it. Winds and temperature weren’t ideal compared to the weeks before, but there was a storm arriving the next day so it was pretty much the only possible day to do it. We also got the whole hike to ourselves, didn’t see a single other person for almost 24 hours. Now that’s social distancing :)
I left my desktop at school when I left when the campus got shut down, but I still wanted a way to ‘play warzone with the boys’. I experimented a bit and have found what as far as I can tell, is the cheapest way to set up a cloud machine game on Azure.
Costs/Savings for a cloud gaming machine breaks down like this:
Trail conditions as of 4/26/20: Towards the end of the dry canyon trail, there’s a bit of snow, but nothing I couldn’t handle with my pair of trailrunners. As you can see from the Strava recording, I went past that and to the trail to the top of big baldy, where there’s quite a bit of snow. I ultimately didn’t attempt the final summit of big baldy because I was alone due to social distancing so wanted to err on the super safe side, but it looked doable. It’s about half a mile out from where my recording ends.read more