I worked on the summit of Pikes Peak in the summers of 2014 and 2015. All things considered, it was a pretty crappy job: the hours sucked, the pay was barely better than minimum wage, and it was exhausting working at high altitude. But, there are reasons why it is the 2nd most visited mountain summit in the world and even inspired the lyrics to the song “America the Beautiful.” The beauty of the location helped to compensate for the lousiness of the job.
Now, I’m not a professional photographer by any means, and to date, my most reliable camera has been my iPhone, but I think you’ll enjoy this collection of photos from the summit of Pikes Peak. Many of them were taken at dawn and dusk, times when the top of the mountain is closed and the only people up there are those who are working.