Peaks: UN 13,336, UN 13,020 B, Willoughby Mountain (13,142′), UN 13,039, Sleeping Sexton (13,460′) Date: July 21-23, 2017 Where: Elk Range Trailhead: Maroon Lake (9,580′) Participants: Brian Miller, Dillon Sarnelli
When you go on a trip with Brian, he comes prepared. “Brian, why are we leaving so early?” He doesn’t answer because he already knows that as soon as we get in the car some dude is going to rob a bank and CDOT will close I-70.
And with that the weekend begins.
Friday went something like this. REI, Dudleroy’s Bagels, meet Brian, I-70 via pavement, dude robs bank, I-70 off roading, Aspen, Aspen Brewing Co, Snowmass, Taster’s Pizza, bread sticks, more bread sticks, rain delay, Castle Creek Road power nap, rain delay, Maroon Bells overnight lot, Maroon Bells overflow lot.
Let’s do this.
Friday – July 21, 2017 – 9:15 PM:
Saturday, July 22, 2017:
Itinerary – Go over Willow Pass into the Willow Lake basin. Ascend UN 13,336 via it’s saddle with UN 13,020 B. Return to saddle. Ascend 13,020 B. Traverse from 13,020B to Willoughby. Return to camp. ~ 9 miles, 4,500 ft.
Sarnelli, “Miller, this isn’t the summit of Willoughby?”
Sunday, July 23, 2017:
Itinerary – Ascend UN 13,039 via Buckskin Pass and traverse over to Sleeping Sexton. Return via one of Sexton’s gullies and pack out. ~ 10 miles, ~ 3,000 ft.
Takeaways: The Elks are still loose and NOAA still can’t be trusted. Overall this trip was sick. Please be safe out there everyone.
Thanks for a great weekend, Brian! And thanks for reading all!