Spindrift rushes across the road as wind rocks the car. We look at each other and share a similar thought...what the heck? We are parked at the winter closure gate on the Guanella Pass Road, wondering what would possess us to drive up here. The car shakes in the wind, snapping me out of thoughts of a warm couch and hot cocoa. Now I remember why! We came for a nice long hike. In freezing cold. Our plan is to start at the closure gate and walk 2 miles to the top of the pass at 11,500 feet of elevation. From the pass, we would continue hiking 4 miles on a broad ridgeline to the top of Geneva Peak at 12,500 feet. The weather forecast is a high in the 20s, partly cloudy, with wind gusts to 45 mph and a windchill below 0. After a mostly lazy winter, I am looking forward to using the E-M1 and 12-40 in more difficult conditions than my apartment has to offer. I pull the camera from the bag and gasp. Surprise surprise...the 17mm f1.8 is mounted on the camera. My 12-40 is sitting warm at home. Well, throughout the hike, that little O17 became plastered by spindrift and ice, which I continuously wiped from it. But the camera kept clicking and so did the lens. The autofocus was speedy and accurate the entire hike. Overall, it was fun and challenging to be constrained to 17mm in such a wide open space. I love that little lens.