We started hiking around 1:00 AM with headlamps blazing, ice axes, crampons in our pack, and roped in to our steady guide, Washington. Pitch black out, totally serene and peaceful. You hike under the cover of night when the glacier is coldest and firmest, for safety sake. When the sun hits it, avalanche risk increases drastically, and as the snow and ice soften, you have much less traction. Coming down as it warms up is no problem, in fact, it's a blast! After two hours of hiking, we put on our crampons at the Jose Rojas warming hut. The thin air was no match for California lungs and legs.