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Winter 2014/2015 – Jackal Hut, CO

Its been a while since I’ve posted and thought I would catch up and post my adventures from Last Winter.

I packed my truck up and left Vermont around the 19th of December.  My goal was to be in CA by New Years Eve, but first I was stopping in CO to spend  a few nights at the 10 Mountain Division owned Jackal Hut located on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide at about 11,660′ .  I met up my friend Andy Orowitz and crew in Buena Vista the night before to get all our gear ready for our adventure up to the Hut. Recent snow storms dropped something like 4ft of new snow in the mountains. First thing we had to do when we got to the trail head was dig out a place to park.

With all the new snow, we knew it was going to be a long 4 miles of breaking trail up to the hut.

It was a struggle for me for sure. Between my weak leg, new snow, single digits, altitude, and heavy pack the 4 miles to the hut took much longer than I had expected, but we all made it.

The hut looked amazing and the views and terrain around the hut were unreal.  I was stoked to be spending some time there with some great people. The hut sleeps 16, but we were the only group there during our entire stay. Here are some pic of the Hut.

It was very spacious, clean, and stocked with supplies.

The entire crew.  A great place to spend the Holidays.

We explored the terrain around the hut a bit during the daylight hours, but with high avalanche danger and about every red flag set off, the skiing and riding was kept to very low angle meadow skipping, which was just fine with me. It was a treat just to be at this amazing hut surrounded by such beautiful mountains.

Besides the high avy danger this trip was awesome. It was a great way to break up my drive XC, I made some new friends, got to see some new terrain, and stay in an amazing hut.  It was also a nice alternative way to spend the Holiday.  Many Thanks to the entire crew for putting on a great adventure and dragging me along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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