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Peter Estin Hut

The Peter Estin Hut

The Peter Estin Hut

Since my last post talked about my favorite place to ski (Highland Bowl)… I guess I should clarify, that’s my favorite ski area-based place to ski. However, I did my first hut trip last winter, and so I’d have to say the backcountry is my overall favorite place to ski!

This photo shows the Peter Estin Hut, about 25 miles SSE of Eagle, CO. That was the destination for our group in March 2008. We got lucky with perfect weather and skiing conditions, and even did a full moon ski one night!

For more, you can see the video of this trip, which I created from some of my favorite photos and video clips!

Taken 3/21/2008.


Elbert And Massive

Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, from Uncle Bud's Hut

Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, from Uncle Bud's Hut

This black & white photo shows the great view of Colorado’s two highest peaks, Mt. Elbert (14,433 ft) and Mt. Massive (14,421 ft), from the porch of Uncle Bud’s Hut (11,380 ft), near Leadville, CO last month.

Mt. Massive was the first 14er I ever attempted, in July 1992, when I lived in Denver. We got up above 13,000 feet when a big storm rolled in (we actually got it on video, I’ll have to find that!), and we turned back; so I didn’t actually make the summit. Shortly thereafter, Mt. Elbert was my first successful 14er summit on 7/26/1992.

Taken 9/21/2008.


Sunset At Uncle Bud’s

Sunset at Uncle Bud's

Sunset at Uncle Bud's Hut

This was taken from the porch of Uncle Bud’s Hut (11,380 ft), near Leadville, CO last month. The views from the porch also included a great wide-open vista of the state’s two highest peaks, Mt. Elbert (14,433 ft) and Mt. Massive (14,421 ft). (I’ve climbed both!)

We hiked in 10 miles on the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail (the two trails coincide for about 200 miles), from the Tennessee Pass trailhead (near Ski Cooper and the 10th Mountain Memorial) to get to the hut. Then, the following day we hiked out a nice short 4-5 miles to Turquoise Lake. See more about the 10th Mountain Hut system at huts.org.

Taken 9/21/2008.