Wednesday, August 28, 2013
San Luis Peak (14,014 feet)
Northeast Ridge from Stewart Creek
Monday, August 28, 2013
Elevation gain: 3,600 feet
|on the road to nowhere|
|false summit, San Luis is behind this|
|approaching the saddle|
|San Luis Peak on left|
|looking southwest from the Peak|
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Chicago basin has been on my short list for a while and I was finally able to take a backpacking trip there last week. I met Jilly, Scott and Dan from 14ers.com near the trail head on Sunday morning and we began the 15 mile hike in from the Purgatory flats trail head. It seems like most people take the Durango-Silverton train to Needleton and hike in from there but we opted to take the longer approach.
Unfortunately just as we arrived at the basin I began to feel some intense pain in my right knee, which I was quite concerned about. The following morning our group got up at 4:30am to start the climb up Eolus and N.Eolus, I was still experiencing pain in my knee so decided to have a rest day at our camp. It ended up being a very nice day hanging out with the mountain goats, doing yoga and relaxing in the high country.
The next day after feeling rested we got up early again and headed out at around 5:30am to climb Sunlight and Windom. We cruised up to twin lakes and could see some rain clouds lingering in the distance so swiftly continued up to the summit of Sunlight peak. It was cold and misty on the summit and I waited for the others for about 20 minutes, by the time they arrived I was ready to start going down. While descending Sunlight we found the route for Windom Peak and followed the ridge to the final scramble to the summit. As we headed down rain clouds moved in and we were able to arrive back at our campsite before getting too wet.
The following day Jilly and Scott woke up early to climb Jupiter (a 13er) despite more rain and I packed up and hiked out solo. Overall it was a great trip other than my knee problem and the rainy conditions did not effect out trip too much. Chicago basin is a special place, located in a relatively isolated part of the Weminuche wilderness. Hope to make it back here again and spend more time exploring these mountains.
|summit of Sunlight peak 14,059|
|mountain goats at twin lakes|
|leaving twin lakes on the approach up Sunlight|
|the ridge to Windom Peak is to the right and approach to Sunlight is up the gully on left.|
|our tent village in the basin|
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I was lucky enough to take a week off work and spend the first week of July at Conundrum hotsprings. This will be the 3rd summer in a row that I have spent some time here. It has become a very popular backpacking destination in recent years and over the 4th of July weekend it was quite busy. Nonetheless I had a great week-long wilderness retreat.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
It has been a wonderful summer so far. Have had a chance to spend some time playing in the San Juan mountains around Ridgway and also taken a few trips across the border to Utah. here are a few recent pics for your viewing pleasure :)
|the approach to Wilson Peak form Silver Pick basin|
|route finding Wilson Peak|
|from Wilson Peak summit|
|Summit Wilson Peak (with El Diente and Mt. Wilson in background)|
|leaving Silver Pick basin|
|Bela Fleck @ Telluride Bluegrass 2013|
|40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival|
|new pools @ Valley View hotsprings|
|Jenny enjoying the splendor at Arches NP|
|Arches NP and La Sals|
|car camping Moab|
|Ridway town park concert series|
| West-Fork camp|
|Sneffels range from our back yard|
Saturday, April 6, 2013
the last two weeks of my trip to Mexico were spent in the Maya Riviera and my mom came and spent the final week with me in the Cancun area. i enjoyed being a proper tourist for a while before heading back to the states. we spent our time relaxing on the beach,snorkeling,visiting a couple different eco-parks and going to the famed Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.