Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
"West Evans" - 14,256 feet
Sawtooth, The  -  13,780 feet
Post Date:  09/10/2012
Modified:  07/08/2015
Date Climbed:   09/09/2012
Posted By:  kimo

 And This is Our Music  

In music the passions enjoy themselves. - Nietzsche

The Tour D’Abyss is an exceptional mountaineering route, artfully arranged into a four-movement symphony by Nature. Thematically, the distinct movements are linked by a long continuous ridgeline, with each successive movement in subtle contrast with the previous passage. The symphony starts strong and builds in intensity, culminating on the harrowing exit from the Sawtooth Ridge. The intensity then gracefully ebbs through the remainder of the route. The cumulative effect is an engaging and powerful journey that results in complete surrender to the music.

First Movement: Now's the Only Time We Know (The east ridge of Mount Bierstadt)

Second Movement: So Alive (The Sawtooth)

Third Movement: Magic Hour (The west ridge of Mount Evans)

Fourth Movement: Silent Tide (The descent)

Featured Musicians

Vincent the Conductor.

Lizzie on horns.

Anna on piano.

Kimo on percussion.

Thank you for listening.


  • Comments or Questions

Beautiful Day     09/11/2012 11:38
I did the Tour on Sunday also. I started about 6:30 from Summit Lake and finished about 1:30.

What a beautiful day!

Your pictures are great. Having seen your report I am not going to try to compete.



Excellent     09/11/2012 11:58
Thanks, Kimo. I thought I was going to leave for work on time this morning. Love the lead photo (well, all of them actually), and the music theme. Very fitting as this is my first night of orchestra rehearsals this season.


Yes     09/11/2012 15:21
Great route - everyone on Evans thinks you're crazy when you show them where you came from!


Truly beautiful     09/11/2012 16:47
Thank you.


Glorious!     09/11/2012 17:57
Beautiful pictures, lovely cadence, a sensory delight, very well orchestrated indeed!


Innovation, anyone?     09/11/2012 19:06
So simple, so original, but an altogether new style of TR.
You already know I like your photos and appreciate your muse.


Gee, another Bierstadt report     09/11/2012 19:51
Thanks for flooding the site Kimo - and showing how they should be done. As always, stellar report in all facets!


Beautiful music, guys!     09/11/2012 21:32


A symphony of images ...     09/11/2012 22:29
Played like a visual concert in my mind and soul. Don't you just love climbing with smiling people! The shadow people are particularly cool. 8) Thanks for posting. Happy trails, my friend!


What about Metallica?     09/12/2012 13:41
Great thematic tribute to a much under-appreciated set of peaks. Beautiful.


You're an original!     09/12/2012 15:55
Love your recent reports and have been looking back at your older ones-gorgeous words and pictures!!!


Yes     09/12/2012 19:10
cftbq is correct. Every aspect of that day was truly beautiful.

Thank you for the kind comments and thumbs up, my friends. I'm happy that you enjoyed our music.

And yes, Presto, smiles are the greatest motivator.


Very cool!     09/15/2012 04:07
The ”featured musicians” made me smile.

Beautiful photography, Kimo. You continually outdo yourself. Some of these images are simply stunning, to use a phrase that doesn't come close to doing them justice.

The water, moon, critter shots - my favs. Love that headliner shot. Keep up the good work, man!


Excellent as usual!     09/18/2012 02:36
Wow - what great pics.


Encore! Encore!     09/20/2012 07:25
Terrific photos - great work!


Amazing     07/11/2013 03:01
Really respect and love your work; great photos, great reports. I'm looking at doing this for one of my first intro's to Class 2+ and Class 3 climbing. Anything you can compare the exposure or difficulty of the climb to?

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