One last Alta Lakes backcountry pic and initial CB impressions

My pack is a tad bigger than most. Photo credit: Joshua Butson.

My pack is a tad bigger than most. Photo credit: Joshua Butson.

After an unplanned extension to my Telluride stay (more three-tracking in-bounds on my own and with TASP), I arrived in Crested Butte late Friday to take part in the Adaptive Sports Center Ladies weekend. However, after several nights of less than 1-2 hours sleep (spasms, neuropathy etc) and many consecutive days of skiing, my body and, to a certain extent my mind, shut down and needed a day of rest. It is unfortunate that as I have gotten more active with my lower body, the cramping, spasms and discomfort at night have worsened.

However, I am very much looking forward to checking out Crested Butte. The amount of double black terrain on its North face looks sick.

The drive from Telluride to Crested Butte via Montrose saw quite a change in the landscape, moving from the already arid Uncompaghre Valley along the Gunnison River and Curecanti National Recreation area, with mesas and mountains on either side, into even drier Gunnison county. Gunnison regularly has some of the coldest temperatures in the country and the landscape is sparse. I then drove from Gunnison through the town of Crested Butte to the town of Mt. Crested Butte, home of the ski resort. Crested Butte reminds me of a Southwest high desert town in some ways, with its abundance of art galleries. It is quite a bit smaller than Telluride and more of a “Western” town, given its rural setting.

My left leg has taken quite the beating on this trip though. The circulation in that leg is poor so it will take a long time for the bruising to go away.

Just in time for shorts/skirt season.

Just in time for shorts/skirt season.

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