I didn’t know what to expect, like I said. It has been ages since I’ve hiked a fourteener, and I have never been to the Pikes Peak Intentional Hill Climb. Needless to say, I had no idea how to pack. So, as you would have guessed, I packed poorly- not takin ginto account that, sure, while it was a scorching 98 degrees in Denver, the top of Pikes Peak saw much cooler, 39 degree temps. Yep, and there was rain and sleet and wind and all sorts of increment weather that at any other time of year I would have been well prepared for. However, on this certain day, I was throw for a loop in my recently purchased J. Crew polo, light H&M sweatshirt, windbreaker, and Levi’s.
Speaking of the Crew, I realized that, via a comment from a new friend of mine on an older post of mine, I hadn’t check out the retailer in quite some time. Not that I’m in the business of saving money (which is probably a good idea, though), I haven’t actually driven my car in three weeks. When i started the new job, they gave me a bus pass. Read: I haven’t made it to the mall between night out in downtown, where the bus drops me, and taking full advantage of mass trans. That aside, I popped in, said hey to Ryan, snagged a new polo (which I wore all weekend, weather and change of clothes be damned), two pairs of pants, and almost the new J. Crew toggle sweater (pictured). Seeing it up close, I was taken with it, but having recently purchased a fisherman’s cable knit, I made the executive decision to not go forth. I wouldn’t have worn it to the Hill Climb, anyway. For that, next year, I’m thinking heavy parka, Under Armor tops and bottoms, wool socks, gloves, and a beanie. Polo? Hell yes.