Did some fun 4wd last weekend with friend Glenn who has a place up in St. Marys Colorado. I have never been 4wding on a UTV before and it was quite fun. There was some extreme wind (probably sustained 70 mph or more, never been in that strong of wind) which made it a little less comfortable, but that much more of an adventure!
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Below is St. Mary's Glacier, or what is left of it, looking from across the valley on Yankee Hill which sits over 10,000 feet.
Here are the toys, the Mule and Rzr, sitting atop Yankee Hill. We were right at timberline. I'm overly impressed on what these things can handle as far as rocks and ruts.
The Mule crew. Quincy (it was her birthday), Glenn, Dave, Hunter and Cydne. That is Mt. Evans behind us.
Looking west out towards the Continental Divide. Living in Colorado my entire life I'm always surprised how many people have never heard of this geographic feature; all the rivers on this side (east) go to the Gulf of California or Pacific Ocean; and all the water on the west side goes to the Gulf of Mexico. It's always great seeing the headwaters of big rivers in our Rockies as small babbling brooks and streams!
Below is the overlook towards James Peak where the above picture was taken. We were at about 12,000 feet and the wind was crazy. I'm a storm chaser and seen many video of wind in hurricanes; and this wind was similar. Sustained at I'm guessing at least 70 mph. Another person on one of the mountain climbing boards stated the winds were over 100 mph just south of here; and I wouldn't be surprised if they were that strong here--I have no reference other than storm chasing; and those winds are just gusts, not sustained. It was really hard to walk on the talus slope; and a challenge to hold the camera still! Needless to say, we had a lot of fun in the wind. In the rock "hut" there was an old post off box with a guest book we signed. Makes you feel like you're flying!
Below is Kingston Peak, sitting just under 12.5k feet. I especially loved the trees here; they were completely wind shaped and sparse; which makes sense as we were at timberline.
The 4wd trail as it started down the back side of Kingston Peak.
Below is looking west from the same overlook as the above picture. Several alpine lakes below James Peak. Colorado is just spectacular!
from Rural Colorado!