San Luis Peak via the Northeast Ridge | Colorado 14ers | Hiking and Camping

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San Luis Peak is a Class 1, 14,014 foot mountain located in the La Garita Wilderness in the San Juan Mountains. In this video, I solo hike and camp with my dog, a Belgian Malinois, Axel, to the summit. I rate this as a beginner hike (albeit, a FIT beginner) due to virtually a trail all the way from the trailhead to the summit. This route requires very minimum navigation skills, therefore is a good introduction to high altitude hiking. We began at the Stewart Creek trailhead, which is very isolated (25 miles off-road) with no cell service, so ensure to have adequate supplies for any emergency. The forecast showed 20-30 mph winds, 15 degrees with windchill on the summit, which is why I wore heavier-duty boots versus my trail runners. We hiked in 4 miles before setting up camp and bedding down for the night. We woke up just before sunrise to get some astrophotography and broke down camp. We stored our larger, approach pack and began our hike (around 6am) with a day pack containing 3L of water, microspikes, one extra layer, mittens, gels, and camera equipment. Around 12,000 feet, we exited treeline and approached the upper slopes to the southwest. We reached 12,300 feet before the steeper ascent began. We ascended 900 vertical feet via switchbacks on the trail to reach the Organ Mountain - San Luis saddle. We hiked west across the saddle and remained on the south side of the San Luis' Northeast Ridge. We traversed west until gaining the Northeast Ridge at 13,750 feet. We then approached the summit to the south from the west side of the Northeast Ridge. We summited around 11am with near-pristine conditions. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to hit that subscribe button! Likes and comments are always acknowledged and appreciated! I am an beginner, amateur cinematographer and love feedback in what I can improve in. Gear List*: Camera - Lens - ND Filter - Tripod - Microphone - GoPro - Drone - Personal Locator Beacon (a MUST!) - Hiking Pack (comes with a daypack that holds the bladder) - Microspikes - Heavy Duty Mitts (never worry about hands getting frostbit again) - Shoes - Watch (new addition, amazing piece!)- Tent - Sleep Pad (this has lasted me YEARS in mountains and deserts) - Gels - *If you decide to purchase one of these items that I use and recommend, I receive a small commission if you use this above links, which helps support my channel! Media inquiries: Get $40 off an Airbnb:

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