Dana deplanes at Pitkin
County Airport after an epic 24 hour journey
Rich, Erin and Steve
start the climb up from the Frying Pan valley to Montgomery Flats in a serious
Erin and Steve make
their way through the snowy trees in Montgomery Flats.
Dana among the thin
pines that populate the plateau.
After a hike up to
10,200 and then a long ski back down along Lime Creek, we finally reached the
Gates Hut. The hut is part of the 10th
Mountain Trail Association, named after the ski
troopers from WWII.
We hit perfect weather
on the trip. It snowed the whole way in, which kept the sun off our
backs. It stopped snowing as we arrived, which permitted some great chill
time in the sun (here on the deck) and opened up the views. Around dinner
time, it started dumping again, which set up some great powder snow for the next
Back inside the hut,
we found Steve's journal entry from 1995, when he got lost trying to find the
Polar Star Inn during a blizzard. Steve's gotten lost twice on these
trips. Given his experience, he carries every item of safety gear known to
man, short of an inflatable liferaft. We like to chide him about it, but
we hope we never need it.