Just want to point out - anyone that claims this is "really high" flying, or that you'll have to make special plans to successfully depart, has never flown the routes you're flying. The runways are REALLY long in Albuquerque, for example. You're basically being told "Beware! The runway is only 14,000ft long there." I've seen the most anemic airplanes take off in like 2 or 3 thousand feet max on days where the DA is over 12,000ft. That leaves you with only 11,000ft to stop if something goes wrong... That's not machismo speaking, that's real life experience. Always calculate DA, but if you can't takeoff in 14,000ft even on the worst days, I recommend a refresher training on basic flying skills, not a "mountain flying course." You can do that entire trip without crossing 8500ft if you want to. BTDT. Its not like you're flying over the Denver mountains. Signed, Colorado Transplant from New Mexico.