My wife had a girlfriend in town for the weekend, so I took the opportunity to go hiking. I didn't want to go far and settled on a loop hike near Alma, Colorado. I drove up the night before for fun and ended up falling asleep at the trailhead around 10:00 pm. Either the forecast changed or I underestimated the weather as I was cold most of the night and the gusts rocked my vehicle regularly. I woke to my alarms but kept going back to sleep and resigned to calling it a bust as the wind remained strong throughout the morning. I decided to drive into Fairplay, Colorado, and have a late breakfast at the Brown Burro Cafe.
However, a Subaru with kayaks on top rolled into the trailhead at 8:30 am. Out jumped two yuppies with compression socks and running vests. They started up the trail and were keeping a close eye on their watches. I certainly couldn't let these DINKs from Iowa show me up! I put on my shoes and loaded my pack assuming I was just going for a short walk. The wind was gusting and I'm too old to fight the weather, but I plodded up the road. I stopped around the North London Mine due to low blood sugar. After eating something, the wind became tolerable and I thought I could get some more hiking in.
I made it to the saddle between London Mountain and Kuss Peak and decided to take the long ridge to London. It was a fun hike/scramble. I returned to the saddle and thought tagging Kuss Peak wouldn't be too challenging given my condition and the weather. The summit of Kuss Peak has a radio building and towers along with solar panels. I contemplated heading to Mosquito Peak, but ultimately settled on my two-peak day and hiked back down to the trailhead. There is a lot of four-wheel-drive activity in this area driving over Mosquito Pass. It was a short 4-hour day, but I had a descent time and hiked two new summits.