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"It almost feels like cheating," Scott Patterson said. (OT)

Discussion in 'Archives - Yahoo Canyons Group' started by Tom Jones, Feb 9, 2009.

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    Backcountry cabins offer rugged respite

    February 4, 2009 - 6:11 PM DAVE PHILIPPS THE GAZETTE WOODY CREEK • "It almost feels like cheating," Scott Patterson said.

    He had just snowshoed five miles to a remote ridge on the edge of the Frying Pan Wilderness near Aspen. He was wet and a little tired.

    It was late afternoon. Long, purple shadows pouring from the snowy peaks flooded the valleys below. Snow clung to the trees and stood at least 3 feet deep on the ground. The temperature, near freezing all day, was now on its way toward the single digits.

    A few steps ahead, smoke wisped from the chimney of one of the 10th Mountain Hut Association's cozy backcountry cabins.

    "This is really nice," Patterson said.

    He was part of a small group of friends snowshoeing from hut to hut through the 10th Mountain Huts system on a three-day trip. It was his first foray to the huts, and he was quickly learning that a tour to a different hut each night is a plush way to see a lot of the backcountry in winter without breaking your back.

    Patterson and his wife, Kim, love to backpack, but they work highway construction, so summers are busy (60-hour work weeks). They end up doing most of their trips in the snowy months.

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    Tom
  2. For anyone interested, here are some photos from that trip:   http://www.summitpost.org/album/482914/smuggler-mountain-bald-knob-and-mount-yeckel-january-17-21-2009.html

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    Backcountry cabins offer rugged respite

    February 4, 2009 - 6:11 PM DAVE PHILIPPS THE GAZETTE WOODY CREEK • "It almost feels like cheating," Scott Patterson said.

    He had just snowshoed five miles to a remote ridge on the edge of the Frying Pan Wilderness near Aspen.......
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