|Avalanche cute, where only the young and limber survive|
|Bobbie digs in her poles on the skinny trail...cut into a steep slope|
|The slope-side gang|
|The "ridge line"and Elk Shit Basin. What campsites...take your pick.|
|Our route, roughly penciled in. Though the far section is a near vertical climb, tuffs of tundra turn it into a long series of steps.|
|View from the "false summit" basin|
|Mike and Chester top out on the "false" basin. To the left and close behind is Bobbie, with a little work left to do. What a view!|
|Mike takes a breather, while Chester waits on "Dad" to get moving.|
|I always thought the cliffs in the above photo were Potosi. Mikes drone reveals that Potosi actually is hidden behind these cliffs. Another false summit...but from his video footage, it looks like a doable summit route is on the other side.|
|While we were on the saddle having lunch, three hang gliders, catching a good upward draft, soared far overhead|
|Time to start the long trek down...over the saddle and a wild ass slide down steep slopes of bouldered scree.|
|It's a dream back country hike, to just about this point, anyway. Mike and Neighbor "J" have no idea what's coming :).|
|Neighbor J starts down, while Mike launches his drone to get some shots|
|Bobbie finds the best way down. At the very bottom, near the pines, is where we need to go. It's a time consuming descent...occasionally out of control.|
|Views on the way down|
|Bobbie's making great progress...I can't keep up with her, never could!|
|One more slippery slope and we'll be off the scree and marbles. Still, a long way to the car, though (sigh).|
|Though the photo doesn't really show it, the final plunge down tundra is steeper than it looks.s|
Honestly, minutes can feel like hours when toes are raw and quads weak. 4,000 feet is such a long, long descent. But this is the hard work that always seems to be the price of "Glory," and what you must do if you want to keep doing such perverse back country treks.
We hope you enjoyed this foray into Colorado's backcountry.
Peace Out, and remember, Lovely Ouray is now on the cusp of fall. Stay tuned!!!
Also, be sure to check out Mike's drone photography at Ouray By Flight.com. And, be sure to check out "Ohio Peak," Bobbie's new "Old Broads" video. It includes Mike capturing dramatic drone photos and videos from the summit.
Mark, Bobbie, Mike, and Neighbor J.