Ah yes, the San Juans in July, nothing can compare. Mindy, Pat, Ryan and I are enjoying the high mountain air, clear skies, temps in the 60-70s, and the occasional and very sporadic rain storms. On the drive down from SLC we went up to La Sal pass in the La Sal mtns (outside Moab), and climbed up Mount Tukuhnikivatz. What a stellar time of year, perfect weather, and amazing views; it was one of the sweetest panoramas I’ve ever seen. Next, onto the San Juans.
We drove to Telluride, where we spent a few hours and inquired about the kayaking options. In Colorado, it helps to be a solid 5+ boater…. So, onto Ophir and up to the Pass. We wandered up to Crystal Lake and watched as the sun began to set. What an amazing small, and rarely visited lake given how close it is to a major dirt road. We made camp just off the pass at a great little site. A small single-track leads out to an amazing cabin under construction. Turns out that the owner Bob Kingsley is building a new winter ski yurt. Trust me, this will be amazing when it is done (supposedly this fall). See www.opushut.com for more info.
The next morning we drove into Silverton and then up to Red Mtn Pass at just under 13,000′. We all summited Red Mtn #1, and I did a sweet scree descent off the west side. Then we ran the ridge over to Red Mtn #1, which like we were on Mars. The rock is so red in sections from the iron oxide that it really feels out of this world. And the contrast with the surrounding mountains, which are anything but red, makes it that much more unique.
Today (Monday), Mindy and Pat went up to Grant Swamp Pass and then ran backwards on the course over to the KT aid station. Ryan and I carted up six 4×8′ sheets of drywall and two 62 lb buckets of drywall mud up to the Opus Hut to help Bob out.
More to come…