So, made it to the ridge in exactly 1 hour from the parking lot and there, some guy was talking to someone about all the times he has hiked Mt. Ranier, Everest, (yes that mountain), Kilimanjero (spl), etc... The person with whom he was talking has hiked the 13 highest peaks worldwide...cool. Anyway, the guy told me it took him exactly one hour to get to the ridge from the parking lot and I blurted out, it had taken me exactly that long too. He said, "You must be in great shape" Dude I thought, I am a very average endurance athlete from Ohio!
Coming later, the successful climb up Mount Lemmon and SNOW!