August 4, 2014

Tour de Colorado - Part 2 of Segment #8

Part 2 of Segment #8 — Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass 10500'
Riders: Chuck, Kristin 

The CoT
Date: July 25, 2014
Ride Type: out and back 
Mileage: 13.95 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1975'
Average Pace: 16 min/mile 
Total time includes breaks: 3 hours 45 min
Trail description: Starts with a little adventure through the historic camp Hale passing a long line of old concrete bunkers highlighted with graffiti.  The trail start with a consistently steep climb through dense forest before mellowing off a bit before crossing Highway 24 and continuing on the west side of the highway.  The next section offers nice meadow riding with vast views.  The last part of the ride ends with double track passing two partially collapsed coke ovens.  The segment ends in a parking lot across from the road leading to Cooper Ski area.  The return trip back to camp hale is a high quality very smooth downhill with only a few non strenuous climbs.     

Interactive GPS track recording:

Looking along some of the old bunkers of camp Hale

In 1943, Camp Hale had as many as 14,000 men in training.[2] Conditions in the camp were harsh: the altitude required acclimation; the shallow valley created polluted inversion layers; recreation was non-existent because of the camp's high mountain isolation, which prevented even the USO from visiting; and many of the non-skiing trainees hated skiing.[7] Trainees were taught to ski at Cooper Hill by ski instructors, brought from the ski-areas such as Sun Valley and Waterville Valley.[2] Located three miles from the camp, Cooper Hill had on-site barracks for the instructors and a newly built T-bar ski lift for the trainees.[9]
Military use of Camp Hale included the 10th Mountain Division, the 38th Regimental Combat Team, the Norwegian-American 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate), and soldiers from Fort Carson conducting mountain and winter warfare training exercises. Trainees were taught skiing, mountain climbing, snow survival skills (such as building snow caves), and winter combat.
Camp Hale was active for three years. In 1945 it was deactivated and the 10th Mountain Division moved to Texas.

Kristin waking up the lungs with the climb out of camp Hale on the way to Tennessee Pass

The remains of an old car sits just off the trail as you near the pass

A partially collapsed coke oven near Tennessee Pass.

Coke is a fuel with few impurities and a high carbon content, usually made from coal. It is the solid carbonaceous material derived from destructive distillation of low-ash, low-sulfur coal.  While coke can be formed naturally, the commonly used form is man-made. In the 1900's beehive style ovens like this were used

August 3, 2014

Badass Mama's - Diamond Lake - Indian Peaks Wilderness, CO

Diamond Lake  — Via 4th of July Campground Trail head
Hikers: Chuck, Kristin, Liam, Kirsten, Magnolia  

Date: July 28, 2014
Hike Type: out and back
Mileage: 5.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2200'
Total time includes breaks: 3.5 hours 
Trail description: Extremely scenic for the entire hike, starts with a great view of Diamond Lake's huge cascading waterfall dropping approx. 250' down to middle boulder creek.  The wildflowers and dense forest continues until finally reaching the lake.  About midway before climbing back south towards Diamond Lake you will reach a very scenic waterfall (pics below).  The final climb to the lake is short and slightly steeper then the rest of the hike.

Interactive GPS track recording:

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 The hiking mamas! with kiddos in tow


This is not a photo editing effect.  All nature....the iris appears to be growing out of the daisy


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April 9, 2014

East Face Descent & Mountain Goat Herding - Mt Helen

Kristin and I took advantage of a nice April refresh and headed to the Ten Mile Range, looking to head up Mt Helen's east face.  The snow coverage was impressive and allowed for a long 2700' descent from the summit proper.  We shared the summit with about two dozen mountain goats who followed us up the NE ridge.

Mt. Helen ( broad face left of center)  as seen from across Goose Pasture Tarn, after our tour.  We soaked up the sun all tour right until we arrived back to the truck to enjoy our snow cold beers, then the clouds started to roll in.

Curious fellas, these guys seemed to be the bravest of the bunch.  As far as I could find there had only been one attack/death from a mountain goat.  Once they got about 6 feet from me I got out of my crouch and started walking towards them and they slowly started backing away.

Ahh spring skiing:)  Dont forget your skin wax


The afro hair anemone in full effect!  Sadly it was all chopped off today, just in time:)  The wifey was about to leave me:)

Looking west from Mt. Helen at Father Dyer Pk. and Crystal Pk.

Notice the herd

Almost too close for comfort

 Some good looking lines

Our days work

March 26, 2014

San Juan Chuting and Ouray Hanging

Grandma McQuade "Grammy D" met us up in Ouray, CO to hang out with Liam while K, Drew, Todd and I got to play in the San Juan sun:)  We set up shop in an amazing house in Ouray cooked gourmet meals, drank cold beers and soaked in hot springs after riding our brains out in the SJ's.  Sorry no pics of the Orvis springs (clothing optional) :)  we kept on our swim suits for Grandma and Liam's sake:)

Thanks Grammy D for playing with us in Ouray!  

Todd carefully negotiating the 3' wide ridge on the approach to "Grandma Couloir"

Mining leftovers :)

K taking the quick way up a steep headwall guarding our 2nd days couloir

The Medela tour pump in full effect

The crew enjoying an apres tour beer on day 3

Old mining town near Red Mountain Pass, Yankee Girl Mine

A celebratory high five'r after braving the narrow ridge.  Pops insisted in carrying moms splitty across the crux ridge:)

A warmup run off the ridges shoulder before heading backup to the couloir in the photos background


Todd and K readying for the descent of "Grandma Couloir"

McQuad's in Ouray (Grammy D)

Todd crushing one of the trips many great lines

Til the next trip spring trip :) We owe you one Grammy D thanks for the great trip!