Ridgeway Hut

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Packing up at Joe's Garage for the trip in to the Ridgeway Hut
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The destination, a long slog away
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Mt Sneffels in the distance
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Sparse snow down low forced us to walk the first 2 miles of the approach
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It felt like spring, but there was plenty of snow up high. The hut sits just below treeline below the prominent peak (and avy chutes) in the middle of the photo
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Aaron & Amy skinning through the Aspens
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We covered the 6.5 miles to the hut in about 4 hours
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Much of the time at the hut was spent looking out the window, hoping for snow...
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And drinking hot drinks laced with Canadian Whiskey
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After a long and tedious approach from the hut, we arrived at the ridge above the hut, with amazing views of Blaine Basin and the North Face of Mt. Sneffels
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Blaine Basin & Mt. Sneffels
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24 hours after leaving the cars, winter had returned
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We arrived at the top to find solid conditions and deep powder
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Me posing in front of Mt. Sneffels
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Convective storms rolled in and out of the area for several days, leaving plenty of light fluffy snow
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Noah focuses on the descent
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Thorsten sampling the powder
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Thorsten
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Thorsten down low in the chute
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Aaron watching as I disappear in a cloud of snow
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My turn to find a line
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Comparing notes after a LONG first run.
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Back at the top again for another run, with winter setting in again
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Noah
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Beckie getting some faceshots
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Beckie tearing it up!
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Noah
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My turn
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Noah feeling the burn after a long pitch
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Beckie