Last summer we (my boyfriend and I) had some friends visiting that were looking to climb Mt. Bierstadt – a Colorado 14er named after one of my favorite Romanticism painters, the more you know. I was stoked! After a few hours of slowly tackling the first part, our friends eventually succumbed to the altitude, it’s no joke. I wanted to summit it so badly, but we were running out of time. However, when I looked over at my boyfriend, he responded “you know, if we go quick” – and we took off! We covered the remaining 2/3 of the hike in just a little over an hour and had the calmest afternoon 14er and a few PB&Js before making our way back down – grinning from ear to ear.