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    Hanging Two Miles above Sealevel

    Trip Report Kenosha Pass, Colorado.
    Feb. 13th –15th 2011



    I scouted Kenosha Pass a week or two ago to see if it would be a good place to hike.
    I was not let down. The place is more spectacular than I could have imagined.
    Spent 3 day 2 night in daytime temps ~42F and nighttime temps ~25F.
    When I arrived the wind was blowing steady at ~15mph and there were gusts to 45
    according to the weather radio. I believed them.



    The first night I could only walk in about ¾ of a mile according to the GPS.
    The wind was whipping the snow around and I wasn't looking forward to putting a tarp up
    in that so I found a little hobbit tree and tucked in for the night.



    About 12:30 in the AM, I awoke to what I thought was a car full of kids whooping it up down
    at the parking lot. I was camped pretty close to where I had parked my vehicle. Once completely
    awake I realized it was a pack of coyote’s yipping and howling as they do not more than 50 feet away.
    I think they were letting me know I was in their hunting ground and they weren’t too happy about it.
    The brief visit only lasted about a minute then the woods turned silent again and I drifted back to sleep.

    The next morning the wind was gone so I put on my snowshoes and did a little exploring.
    Took lot’s of pictures, found some kind of a log bushcraft shelter that was kinda neat
    but I would not have slept in it. Still no wind so I decided to move my camp to higher ground.



    This was a great spot, with perfect hammock trees, and a view that took my breath away.


    I settled in for the night batoning the grocery store wood I had pulked in and making dinner.



    About 11:30 just as my fire and whiskey was about gone the wind picked up. Needless to say
    the OES tarp and GrizBeak got a good workout that night. The wind blew most of the night
    but I had strung the tarp tight and the tent stakes held.

    When I awoke the wind was gone, the sun was up, and it was a beautiful bluebird day.
    The late morning temp already above freezing. I fired up the Kelly Kettle for that all important
    Via in the hammock. By the middle of my second cup the plan to explore farther West was finalized.



    After a hardy breakfast of fresh eggs, bacon and cheese I checked the water in the day pack
    (Yea, not frozen) and headed west following some elk tracks I had spotted the day before.



    The tracks took me through the piney woods to a clearing with one of the most breathtaking
    views I had seen in a long time.


    My trip had peaked mentally and physically.



    The fresh air, warm sun, two great nights in the hammock all blended together into that
    one moment and life was good.



    More and larger trip pictures are located here on my facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...9&l=b64b25b94c


    Mods, If I have abused the group trip gallery with these photos please
    let me know and I will remove them, thanks
    Last edited by OutandBack; 02-16-2011 at 11:20.

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    Thanks for taking me along ! Great shots.
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    All I can say is WOW! You picked one heck of a location and those photos are beautiful! I am envious of your Colorado adventure and reading your story makes me want to jump in the car and hit the woods myself. Great trip report!

    I'm glad you snapped a shot of that wood shelter, my guess is Sasquatch made it.

    Fronkey

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    Thanks for sharing your trip with us OutandBack. Great pics too.

    Mick
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    “You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus”

    Mark Twain

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    very nice,,, thanks

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    Thanks for sharing. Looked like you had a beautiful trip. Great pics!

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    Extremely nice! Thanks for sharing.
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    Very nice pics , great view. I really like the easy access to altitude, relatively flattish ,open area for snowshoeing and great views. Sounds like a good trip. Thanks for sharing.
    " The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."

    “The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer

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    That sky looks teriffic. Thanks for the report and pictures.
    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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    Very cool pics. I used to live in Georgetown, up by loveland ski area. (used to work there) Thanks for the memories. I used to hike all around that area years ago. Haven't been back there in a long time, maybe its time to pack up and head that way again. thaks for taking me back 20 years. Very cool stuff.

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