After our first round of midterms of the semester, Spring Break could not have come at a better time! Although the most popular college Spring Break destinations include Cabo, Las Vegas, and Miami, I chose to go on a backcountry skiing trip in the mountains outside of Aspen!
Thankfully, the trip was organized by a group of friends who had gone in the past (because I sure had no idea what to do!). They sent out a gear list, explained the terrain, and even prepared all of the food ahead of time and divided it up into our packs.
This trip was unlike anything I have ever done before. Coming from California, I had no idea how little I knew about mountain safely, yet alone how to survive in the mountains for seven days with a group of college students! Luckily, the majority of the other kids were from Colorado and had plenty of experience with avalanche training, backpacking, and building snow caves, so I was mostly just along for the ride.
Throughout the trip we stayed at a few different huts that are part of the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association (http://www.huts.org). Again, because I am not from Colorado, I had never heard of such a thing, but apparently they are pretty popular! Basically, there are these huts up in the mountains that you can either hike to in the summer or cross-country ski (uphill) to in the winter with a group of people, and you pay per night you are there.
Because a picture is worth 1,000 words, here aresome I took on the trip:
Our full group just starting off!
Mile 1....29 to go!!
Stopping for a rest along the way to the first hut.
Made it to Harry Gates Hut!
Extreme weather conditions while hiking to the second hut....
Beautiful sunset from Peter Estin Hut.
Enjoying our "snow couch" on our last night in the mountains.
Overall, it was one heck of an adventure! I definitley recomend this trip to anyone who is looking for a more physical rather then relaxing vacation, and loves being in the mountains!
WARNING: There are NO showers, bathrooms, running water, electricity, or heat (besides a wood burning fire place)!! However, that is all part of the fun :)
As always, GO BUFFS!!