With a group of friends (both old and new), Lisa and I hiked 6.8 miles and 2800 feet up to Margy's Hut - one of the 10th Mountain Division huts scattered between Vail and Aspen. We spent two nights in the hut with 12 other folks, dining on great food and enjoying wood-fired heat and solar powered lighting. On Sunday, some of us hiked up to Mt. Yeckel, others took to sledding!
Roy and Carlos getting ready Howard and Tory Robyn and crew getting ready Hitting the trail Carlos and Shawn prepare for the hike Howard hooks up his sled Brian and Lonny, hitting the trail Carlos, Tory, Roy, and Susan Taking a break for lunch halfway up the trail Lisa takes a second to relax her legs Lisa, Brian, and Carlos Roy arrives at the hut Lisa measures the depth of the snow - about 3 feet deep! Close to the hut, the trail meanders through an open field We finally stumble onto the hut - 6.8 miles and 2800 feet up from the trailhead The solar storage system panel at the hut The view from the hut A curious fox visits the hut The fox - searching for snacks... The Williams Mountains southeast of the hut The sun hits the trees above the hut Castle Peak (left) and the Elk Mountains at sunrise Sunrise outside the hut Above the hut It stank to high heaven, but the view from the outhouse was quite nice Robyn out for a morning stroll Jay and Shaun Doug and Tory pumping water Lonny and Lisa examining maps Lisa, Doug, Shaun, and Brian - enjoying the fire Waiting for breakfast Brian and Tory The upstairs bedroom The view from the hut Jay and Susan Doug and Robyn examine a fresh bucket of snow in the melting pot... ...that nearly overflowed the pot View from the hut Prepping to hike and sled Brian, gearing up for a hike up nearby Mt. Yeckel Lonny The group From left to right: Joy, Roy, Lonny, Jay, Doug, Carlos Brian, Susan, Howard, Tory, Brian, Lisa, Robyn, and Shaun Howard and the spectacular view from Yeckel The Maroon Bells and Aspen Highlands Brian, Jay, Howard, and Carlos Doug ready for another run Roy, Lonny, Jay, Robyn, and Carlos and the fake summit of Yeckel Carlos, Howard, Brian, and Jay Carlos, Brian, Robyn, and Jay Joy and Doug Shaun, flattening out some of the bumps on the sled run Joy on the sled Shaun and Brian Brian Joy, after a wipeout Brian - sledding Brian - sledding The back of the Sawatch range surrounding Mt. of the Holy Cross The Elk Range from Mt. Yeckel Brian on the summit of Mt. Yeckel Tory on the summit of Mt. Yeckel The Elk Range above Aspen from Mt. Yeckel Howard and Lonny...getting friendly A Gray Jay, looking for food near the hut Roy napping after the hike Robyn, Lonny, and Lisa playing Gin Scrabble and Hearts Icicles from the hut The solar array on Margy's Hut Robyn, Lonny, Brian, Brian, Roy, and Jay The hut and the view Jay, Robyn, Howard, and Roy Shaun packs snow for the melting pot Sunset from the hut Jay and Shaun The view from the hut window Tory, Susan, and Carlos Robyn and Lisa The Williams Mountains at sunset The outhouse Brian and Joy enjoying the sunset Tory and Shawn enjoying the sunset Howard, relaxing with a margarita Lisa Brian and Lisa doing dishes Carlos, Robyn, and Lonny Brian and Lisa (and Robyn in the background) Lonny Jay, preparing for the hike down Preparing for the hike out Robyn Prepping for the hike out Lisa Doug, Tory, Susan, and Brian Brian Lisa and Brian Tory and Susan Lisa The group - back at the trailhead Left to Right: Robyn, Jay, Doug, Roy, Brian, Tory, Joy, Susan, Howard, Shawn, Carlos, Brian, Lisa, Lonny