The Anonymous Widower

Ruby Wax, Melanie Brown and Emily Atack Climb Pikes Peak

I have just watched these three ladies climb Pikes Peak in Colorado.

Around the age of 18, I used to regularly read the American car magazine; Road & Track and was fascinated to read about the annual hill climb, that took place on the 14,000 foot Pikes Peak.

I am surprised that the hill climb up Pikes Peak was not mentioned in the program.

I have only driven at anywhere near that height once, although, I flew my Cessna 340 at 24,000 ft several times.

When C and I had a memorable holiday in Ecuador, we took a small Chevrolet Metro, up to about 12,000 feet in the Andes.

Cars cough badly at that altitude!

December 24, 2022 - Posted by | Sport, Transport/Travel, World | , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Of course they could have taken the cog railway to the top, there are still 3 tickets available for Boxing Day. BTW the return for the journey is $68.50 and takes about an hour to go up and a little longer to come down.

    Comment by fammorris | December 25, 2022 | Reply

  2. I’d cough badly that altitude although i absolutely admire you taking on such a challenge. Was it like one the most dangerous roads tv programmes although i always thought i would love to have a drive on them despite the risks.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | December 25, 2022 | Reply

    • I don’t have problems with altitude and I breathe better there. My Cessna had pressurisation, so affectively, I was at 8,000 feet.

      On the other hand the first flight had after my stroke, was between London and Stockholm and it really cleaned up my breathing.

      How are you in an airliner?

      I’ll ask my cardiologist friend to comment, as he’s done a lot of serious mountain climbing!

      Comment by AnonW | December 25, 2022 | Reply

  3. It might have spoiled the balance of the film! But I would have liked to see it.

    Comment by AnonW | December 25, 2022 | Reply


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