Apr 19 2011
The storm from yesterday is still hanging around.Perhaps the more grueling part of the week was the descent and ascent out to the truck. We left camp and got to enjoy a bit of powder skiing (with heavy packs). Just a bit of vertical later the snow turned to non supportive crap while skiing through dense woods. This was some of the hardest downhill skiing of the trip.
And then it got gnarly.
Reaching the Beaver ponds feels like a small victory. Though there are many miles left in our day.
On the way out there were quite a few transitions between skiing and walking
There was some evidence of a blow down event in the area. There were many downed trees.
We sat there for a while working up the drive to climb back to Molas pass. Finally we start moving. It is every bit as much of a slog as we assumed it would be.
Finally we hit the truck. The wind is blowing, the temperature is dropping. The weather is coming in again. Timing was good for getting out. It’s off to Silverton for Burgers!
This is one of the best trips I’ve been on in Colorado. You really are out there. Seeing someone else would be a crazy coincidence, and there are just not that many places in the state that are this remote.
I’d do it again.