The trip has filled but we've had one person have to cancel. If you're interested in taking this slot, let us know and we'll get the two of you in contact.
For some time the Chapter has been thinking about organizing an overnight trip and we've decided that it's time to act! The proposal is two nights at Uncle Bud's Hut, one of the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association facilities, at 11,400 ft elevation above Turquoise Lake west of Leadville.
Uncle Bud's is typical of the 10th Mountain huts.
Full description of the facility, setting and access is to be found HERE
Click on the More Info, Summer Routes & Trailheads and Videos links for details.
Other must watch information:
How to Plan a Hut Trip
General Hut Amenities
In addition a topo map of the area is to be found HERE
You will notice that the website mentions that the hut can be reached either by a 4-mile (1,300+ ft elev gain) hike on the Colorado Trail or by driving on a 4WD Forest Service road to within 1/4 mile of the hut on backcountry Forest Service roads. At the moment we don't know the nature of these USFS roads. We intend to scout out both of these routes during the summer.
10th Mountain Division Hut Association policy prohibits bringing dogs to the huts and American Pilgrims liability insurance prohibits dogs from attending chapter events.
It should be noted that this is not exactly a Camino-like experience in that everything needed for the stay in the way of food, clothing and sleeping bag will be packed in on your back. That will not be a Camino-weight load! We will help organize carpooling and meals later. We might do communal meals (in which case $ to cover costs) or break up into smaller groups who would arrange their own menus. We will likely convene a pre-trip organization meeting during the summer. All TBD.
Reservations and organization: The cost of the hut is $33 pp per night plus (rounded) $5 tax, so $71 pp total. We are looking immediately for an email committing to the event followed within a few days by a check. The particulars for the check will be supplied upon receiving your intention email. We will not offer a cancellation refund - if that becomes necessary we will help you find a replacement but it will ultimately be your responsibility.
Your email of intention or questions should be directed to the Chapter through ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org.
What you need to know:
What: Two-night stay in Uncle Bud's hut, 10th Mountain Division Hut System
When: Friday and Saturday nights, September 20 and 21
Where: Details above. Above Turquoise Lake west of Leadville
Cost: $71 pp for the two nights plus whatever food arrangement we come up with