UncBuds_10th_Mtn

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On the way to Uncle Buds Hut, November 23, 2006.
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The going was slow, as we were forced to break trail for nearly 7 of the 9 miles between Crane Park and the hut.
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Staying on the "trail" was challenging. Once in the Holy Cross Wilderness section of the route, the friendly blue blazes that mark the route disappeared on this (apparently) seldom-used approach
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Breaking trail on the N. facing slopes was brutal. Skinning through bottomless snow made for tough going.
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Beckie approaching Porcupine Gulch on the way to Uncle Bud's Hut
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The final climb to the hut was tough. We had to take off our skis and posthole our way through the sparse snow for 600 vertical feet
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Mt. Massive at sunset, more than 7 hours after leaving the car
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The eastern flank of Galena Mountain
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RCR
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Almost there...We made it to the hut just before dark. Finding it was a challenge to the end. We had to use the GPS to locate it
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Sunrise on Mt. Massive
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Uncle Bud's Hut
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Our goal was to travel to the 10th Mountain Division Hut via the Continental Divide. The plan would keep us above 12500 feet all day
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Galena Mountain from the S. Ridge. Sparse snow, but enough to skin most of the way up
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RCR with the Mt. Massive massif to the south
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Sastrugi
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Admiring the view on the way to the summit
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Galena Mountain
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Hiking near the top
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Hiking around a genderme on the ridge
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RCR kicking steps up a steep section
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On the ridge, only 5 miles to go...
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The east face of Galena with Mt. Massive in the background
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Beckie on the ridge
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RCR
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On the windswept ridge, with the Maroon Bells to right of center
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The ridge was pretty dry, and we carried our skis for the entirety of the 4+ mile ridge to Homestake Peak. Homestake is the one over my left shoulder, a LONG ways away...
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The journey to Homestake begins with a single step
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Typical conditions along the Divide
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A cool cairn on one of the summits on the ridge. We summited all of the peaks along the route