10th Mountain Huts

23 07 2008

Less than a week ago I left the heat and humidity of Kansas for a little hut hiking trip near Leadville, Colorado. Our packs were heavy and the mosquitoes swarmed us, but this is the view from the 10th Mountain Hut. We could hear a stream running nearby and I don’t suppose the temperature got above 75.

This hut has beds for 18 people, I believe, but we had the place to ourselves on Thursday, which was a real stroke of luck. It was quiet and cool, with these gorgeous views in all directions. I had five perfect days of this, split between 10th Mountain, Uncle Bud’s and Skinner huts, all above 11,000 feet. Skinner even came with a shy mountain goat browsing around the front deck.

Five days of hiking and backpacking in this beautiful place with my friends is about as close to heaven as I’ll ever get, but the return to reality is certainly jarring.

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