2016-07 Colorado 10th Mountain Huts

Colorado 10th Mountain Division Hut Trip - Preparation

I planned to visit Vail in Colorado in July 2016 and wanted to do an interesting bike trip. I had already heard about the 10th, Mountain huts as places to stay in the Winter when you were travelling cross-country on skis. But then I read this article which opened my... Read more →


Colorado 10th Mountain Division Hut Trip - Day 1 - Uncle Bud's Hut

I got up in the condo in Vail I was staying at, and made breakfast and made some sandwiches for later in the day. The bike shop would not open until 10am and would take an hour to reach, so I had plenty of time. I had already packed most... Read more →


Colorado 10th Mountain Division Hut Trip - Day 2 - Skinner Hut

On the second day in the Rocky Mountains I was going to descend from Uncle Bud's hut, cross over to the other side of Turquoise Lake and then ascend the gravel track, followed by the old railway grade towards Hagerman's Pass to reach Skinner Hut. I decided that as my... Read more →


Colorado 10th Mountain Division Hut Trip - Day 3 - Betty Bear Hut

On the third day my destination was Betty Bear Hut. To get there I would need to cross the Continental Divide at Hagerman Pass. On the third day my destination was Betty Bear Hut. To get there I would need to cross the Continental Divide at Hagerman Pass. Read more →


Colorado 10th Mountain Division Hut Trip - Day 4 - Return

This was my final day on these mountains and my plan was to return to my car, but rather than take the long diversion of the track, I was going to try to navigate over the hills using the directions a back-country skier would follow during the Winter. This was... Read more →