Medano Pass 2011
Jun 6, 2011Limited, anyone with the link
Photo: Smoke/haze at Monument from fires on the Colorado-New Mexico border
Photo: Leaving Florence, you pass by SuperMax.
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Photo: And then head to the Wet Mtns
Photo: But first a stop at the Hardscrabble site--where Fremont found Old Bill Williams in the fall of 1848
Photo: ...and let Williams lead them to disaster in the La Garita Mtns a month later
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Photo: Hardscrabble Canyon
Photo: Topping out--and the smoke obscures the Sangre de Cristo Mtns
Photo: South of Westcliff, the turnoff to Medano Pass
Photo: Pike came through here and over Medano Pass in January 1807--into the arms of the Spanish in the San Luis Valley
Photo: All the private land in this area is one big (buffalo) ranch. I saw a few buffalo, but many more elk, deer, coyotes
Photo: Through the private land heading to the Nat'l Forest
Photo: Some deer stopped to watch me
Photo: Our rendezvous camp site. Here we're heading out the next morning
Photo: Medano Pass is in the trees--no view. Down the west side in Great Sand Dunes Nat'l Preserve
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Video: First creek crossing. Here Joel re-enacts our historic crossing
Photo: I later discovered my Propex intake/exhaust tubes were full of water
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