The Colorado Summer Hang 2011 was a 6 day 5 night event starting with a 2 day car camp out and hang at Jefferson Creek camp ground
near Jefferson Colorado.
We would then do a 4 days 27 mile hike on the Colorado Trail segment 6 over the Continental Divide into Breckenridge Colorado where we
had parked our shuttle vehicles.
The group hang was your typical car camping event. We had 11 in attendance.
There were HF members from Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Eastern slope and Western slope of Colorado at this event.
On Thursday afternoon we took a day hike to a special winter hanging place of mine. Started at Kenosha Pass
and hiked up the CT for about 1.5 miles and then bushwacked West through an Aspen forest to an over look of
South Park and a peak at the East face of Mt Guyot (13,370ft).
With 48 hours of eating, day-hiking, sleeping, joke and story telling at 10,000 ft we felt
confident altitude sickness was not going to be an issue for any of our members that came from lower altitudes.
Day 3 we started our hike at 8am. It was your typical trail through a pine forest with many switchbacks to help you
up the steep slope. We encountered many flowing streams from the winter snow which was still melting in July.
Finely the trees started thinning out and before we knew it there were no trees. After taking a packs off rest with
snacks and rocky mtn stream water iced down with snow we started our accent over the continental divide.
Highest altitude measured was 11, 880 ft.
Once we got over the divide we could see afternoon clouds starting to form and that was a guaranty we where fixing to get rain.
It was time to pick up the pace and get into the safety of the trees to make camp for the night.
Just as we were setting up our tarps the rain came and it dumped buckets for about 2 hours.
Around 6pm the rain stopped. We had dinner and walked around the area looking at all the wild
flowers and exploring the stream.
Total mileage for the day was approximately 8 miles with a 1,850 ft climb under our belt.
I don’t have to tell you we were tired. But the Rocky Mtn High old John Denver sings
about had kicked in and spirits were high.
This was an easy day with only 6 miles to cover and most of it was down hill. Views of the North face of Mtn Guyot
would pop in and out along the trail and cameras were coming out of pockets and packs constantly.
Like clockwork between 2:30 and 3 PM the clouds would build and we all knew it was time to find water, in this
case snow banks, and trees. We found a beautiful flat spot to hang with a view. Bush buddies fired up
around camp to start melting snow for dinner and the hike tomorrow.
This was going to be a leg burner. We had a 1000 ft climb and 10 miles to cover today so up at 6am
and on the trail at 8. Somewhere around mile 8 with the 1000 ft climb out of the way I was zoning out
pounding the trail one foot in front of the other only starring at my feet when suddenly I noticed
everyone was stopped and huddling together with cameras out. I walked a few feet more and looked
over to see what had caught their eye.
We had about 2 miles to go through an open mtn meadow. The wild flower bloom was at its peak.
The smell of wild roses was everywhere. Blue flower pink flower yellow flower red flower
(sorry I don’t know my mtn flowers) as far as the eye could see. It was spectacular.
We found our last water source and final camp. It had been another great day in the mtns.
Only 4 miles to the cars. We were all dreaming of cheese burgers and french fries waiting for us at the end of the trail.
We were at the cars by 10 am and on our way to Bubba Gumps in Breckenridge.
Thank God, they had an outside deck because we were all smelling a little ripe.
HF members that crossed the divide:
Food, Out and Back, Taozenqi, waddy, Walking Bear, trailryder42 ,Wolf track
Friends of HF members that crossed the divide:
Dennis and Nate.
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