How does staying in a remote backcountry cabin and skinning right out your front door to access untracked powder sound? Pretty darn good to me!
This will be a two-night, three-day hut trip up to the famed Green Wilson Hut. The Green Wilson Hut is located just below timberline in the vast Pearl Basin area, at the foot of such grand peaks as 14,265-foot Castle and 13,521-foot Star Peak. The vistas from this location are some of the best in the Elk Mountains.
We will hike and ski all day, and retreat back to our hut just in time for some apres by the fire. This will be a fun, educational three days, in which topics like avalanche awareness, route-finding, efficient transitions, skinning technique (i.e. kick turns), and backcountry travel in big terrain will be addressed. Be prepared for good food and good friends.
The Green Wilson hut has propane burners for cooking, photovoltaic lighting, mattresses and pillows, eating and cooking plate-wear/utensils, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies. Hut users melt snow for water.
The approach to the hut is a gradual climb of 1,782' spread out over 5 miles. (Starting elevation: 9,498'; Ending elevation: 11,280').
Activity Level: Physically fit; moderate-advanced terrain [Participants should be able to ski tour for up to 4 hours per day with a pack on at altitudes ranging from 8,000’-12,000’, as well as be a competent skier on their set-ups.]
Time/Place: We will meet at 9 am on day 1 - February 12th - to go over gear and packing. We will leave for the trailhead at 10 am. We will return to the trailhead on February 14th by midmorning.
Other Details: All meals including breakfast, dinner & apres will be provided. Please bring with you any day-time hiking snacks you like to eat along the way, (i.e. granola bars, energy chews, beef jerky, etc).
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