The main thing to remember is, this isn’t Wheeler Peak. (I thought it was for years!) Almost the same height, too, over 13K ft. You can hike to it after climbing Wheeler, though. The latter is out of sight behind Taos Mountain on the left. Every year I say I’m going to get myself up there, and every year something happens. Looks like you could do it right now with snowshoes and a death wish.
But really, “Old Mike Peak”? Who decided that? It used to be San Miguel, duh. Now that makes sense. Old Mike sounds like the way my father used to smell, only his name was John. Tobacco, booze, and aftershave with hot electric razor motor scent. Crossword puzzle and a cigarette, ten goddamns before his fried eggs.
Old Mike, indeed!