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Old 07-03-2015, 06:46 PM   #1
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Colorado this past week

I did a bit of a tour of some Colorado high country (missed 86Scotty and Brian by a couple days, it appears). Great weather, and lots of quiet where I camped. Flowers are getting abundant in the middle altitude valleys and starting to come out up high.

My route took me to the Tarryall area / west side of Lost Creek Wilderness, then to St. Elmo and Chalk Creek (road to Tincup Pass), then to the West Fork of the Cimarron, and finally up into the Animas River area (Engineer Pass road as well as Stoney Pass and Cunningham Creek).

Had a few intestinal fortitude issues at Engineer / Cinnamon Passes that made me not try them. I gotta either get more comfortable with this thing or get rid of it. I think it has plenty of capability, but its driver has issues.

I also didn't get the memo that it is apparently the marmot-pocalypse this year. I had trouble keeping marmots away from the rig in 4 (FOUR!) of my 6 campsites. I've never had a problem like that in 25 yrs of Colorado back country driving / camping. Even had one exceedingly stubborn little booger that hung onto the undercarriage somewhere - I couldn't see him, though I knew he was there and tried to chase him out before leaving - for about 40 miles (4x4 and highway driving). It finally had enough and jumped off at a gas station where I had to fix a solar panel that decided to start falling apart (not happy about that, BTW).

Here are some pics. Feel free to hit me up for more info if you have thoughts of heading to any of these places - I'm happy to try to help.

Tincup Pass looking south:


West Cimarron camp views:




View from Engineer Pass road:


Stoney Pass camp:


View from trail above Cunningham Gulch:


Animas Forks camp:
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:25 PM   #2
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Re: Colorado this past week

I think I may have seen you on I 70 on Thursday heading back into Denver. I was wrapping g up a trip in the Maroon Bells... I was in a white CCV high top. Was that you?
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Nice pics! Keep driving the SMB (off-road). It will grow on you.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:24 AM   #4
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I think I may have seen you on I 70 on Thursday heading back into Denver. I was wrapping g up a trip in the Maroon Bells... I was in a white CCV high top. Was that you?
Passed each other a couple times? Yup.
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Old 07-05-2015, 11:11 AM   #5
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Nice pix, thanks. Love them Cimarrons.

Very odd about the marmots. Have you picked up some hotty marmot pheromones somewhere??
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