Home early…

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Thursday morning, we visited the ranger’s office before starting at the trailhead. Supposedly, it was going to rain on Sunday, so we thought about coming home early. After experiencing hail, sleet, snow, rain, hot, cold and a quick ascent to the top close to Avalanche Lake, we decided we couldn’t take anymore and head down the trail early. We were going to try to make it out to Lake of the Woods, but we didn’t have it in us. We only made it out to Ropi Lake. We did find out it’s supposed to be good weather tomorrow, nonetheless it’s great to be home. I’m beat. Those rocks aren’t a joke with a heavy pack…

Here are some photos to get things started as I write about my experience at Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest. More photos will follow.

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12 Comments on “Home early…”

  1. June 1, 2008 at 5:10 am #

    you should get one of those gorilla pods. makes it a lot easier to take pictures of yourself. i would know.
    how many people did you go with?
    I need to go camping.

  2. June 1, 2008 at 5:21 am #

    I was about to bring Mom’s GP, but I was attempting to shave down some weight. It’ll be on the list next time…

    I only went with two other people.

  3. June 3, 2008 at 4:06 pm #

    what did you hump that weighed 45 lbs? I always have problems packing light too. for me, its always the water. I’m a big guy and I drink a LOT of fluids. stuff will weigh you down really quick.

  4. June 4, 2008 at 12:44 am #

    I think it’s the cooking stuff that had the most weight. Next time, I ain’t brining that the pot – just a nice Titanium cup. I’ll probably bring only two mags, instead three plus 16 rounds. Either that, or I should look into a Kel-tec handgun.

  5. June 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    never owned a kel-tec, but have pined for a p11 for some time. maybe this will be the summer of 9mm for me.

    don’t forget just how heavy 45acp is. Obviously I’m preaching to the choir, but a completed 45acp cartridge weighs over 300grs. 230gr for the bullet, depending on powder 5-10gr in weight, then a whole chunk of brass. it only takes 20 rounds to get you right around a lb of weight. adds up quick man.

    Thoughts on a nice little J-frame / equivalent? not a revolver, but I have a PA-63 that is a nice light little gun, some people question 9×18 mak as a round though.

    Have any good 357s kickin around? I have a security six in 2 3/4in that sees some side time. that or my g23. I don’t have the bears by me though that you guys have. We are just starting to get into trouble with a growing black bear population

  6. June 4, 2008 at 8:56 pm #

    If it were bears that I were worried about, I’d bring bear spray. It’s the conscious two-legged scumbags I bring a 45 ACP for.

    I have a Model 10 with a K frame, but that’s just a 38 special. I’ve been wanting a S&W Performance Center 327, but those are some large frames.

    … stop having me look into more firearms. I still haven’t bought my reloader yet! =P

  7. June 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    OUUU let me know when you get up and going. I have some Hard cast 200gr RN sized to .358 and a pretty good equivalent load to the old 200gr Police load in 38spl. . . . .

    Just sayin’ . . .:)

    PS- I’ll race you on the Kel-Tec. I’m gonna try to pick one up before summer is out. which were you lookin at?

  8. Charles
    June 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    it was probably your immense amount of awesomeness that was holding you down

  9. Charles
    June 9, 2008 at 5:49 pm #

    I totally did not say awesomeness your dirt bag. editing my comment!

  10. June 9, 2008 at 7:03 pm #



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