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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.