Tuesday, May 24, 2016

16 years of Memorial Day Weekend Trips

Memorial Day weekend is an annual ritual in which we not only hike and ski some 14ers usually, but we camp, we travel, we eat, we drink, and we honor those who sacrificed the ultimate to afford us the freedom to pursue.  Indeed to not enjoy the freedom that is provided us would be an insult to those who fought and gave all to provide it.

The trips started innocently enough in 2000 with a trip up to Maroon Peak, where we camped at Crater Lake and climbed and skied the east chutes of Maroon Peak.

  • 2000 - Bells area, bachelor party for Mike, east chutes of s. maroon, Mike, Marcel, Jim, Jared, Cab, introduced money into marmot society.
  • 2001 - Challenger Peak and camping by Willow Lake with Gabe and Mike
  • 2002 - Bad snow year, no snow left by Memorial Day
  • 2003 - Belford group, Marcel's bachelor party, backpacked up in the basin, Marcel, Cab, Mike Hetzel and Jim
  • 2004 - Wetterhorn/Redcloud/Oxford, great camping at the trailhead, Cab, Mike, Jim, Hetzel
  • 2005 - Harvard, backpacking in the basin with Gabe, Hetzel, Cab and Jim
  • 2006 - Castle/Conudrum/Snowmass, car camping, climbing and skiing Castle, then backpacking up to Snowmass Lake and doing Snowmass.  Cab, Mike, Hetzel, Marcel, and Gabe, probably the best of them all.
  • 2007 - Huron/Columbia - Gabe, Hetzel and Mike, car camping and listening to Starman on repeat.
  • 2008 - Princeton and Yale, camping with Jay, Adan, Gabe, Mike and Hetzel, the pot milk.
  • 2009 - No trip, most likely because we were about to have Phoebe, but I don't really know.
  • 2010 - Camping at the difficult campground with Jay and his buddy, Adan and Hetzel, Mike and I camped a night at Crater Lake too, Maroon peak from the summit, dropped a ski and retrieved it.
  • 2011 - Camping on south colony lake road with Jay V, Adan, Hetzel, and Mike, climbed and skied Crestone Peak
  • 2012 - No trip, bad snow year.
  • 2013 - North Maroon, camping at the difficult campground again, Cousin Jay, Adan, Hetzel, and Mike.
  • 2014 - Camping at Ridgeway state park with Mike and Adan, climbed in skied Sneffles, rain and cold all weekend, but we survived.
  • 2015 - The Sangres, camped on Lake Como, climbed and skied little bear with Mike, Gabe picked me up and we camped and went to the sand dunes and a beautiful waterfall.

Many trips, many memories.

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