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Lindley Hut 2010

We cruised to the Lindley Hut after lunch on the trail, with Star Peak in sight at the head of Ashcroft Valley.

Last weekend we went on our annual hut trip to the Lindley Hut near Aspen, Colorado. The trail starts near Ashcroft, an historic silver mining ghost town in the White River National Forest. The Lindley Hut is part of the Alfred A. Braun Hut System, a smaller system than the huts in the 10th Mountain Division but it was perfect for our group of ten skiers and snowshoers.

It was about a four-mile ski in, gaining a little more than 1,000 feet in elevation on a beautiful morning with a light snowfall. It was a moderate trail and took us about three hours – not too bad considering we had full backpacks.

As we approached the hut we could see where a large avalanche had come down the week before, killing an Aspen man. We thought we were the first group to stay at the Lindley Hut following the accident. Someone had attached a copy of the Aspen Daily News to the wall inside the hut, which told the story. The previous group also wrote a chilling note in the guest book warning other visitors to be careful.

We had a great time for three days and two nights: eating, drinking, playing cribbage, reading, and venturing out for short, ski outings – steering clear of the steeper slopes.

Cheers, Kent

Ashcroft is to the left and the ski touring center on the right as we head for the trail head.

An ash can for the wood burning stoves.

Daily life at the Lindley Hut: melting snow, filtering water and hanging out.

The hut has really cool solar-powered lights with great lamp shades.

Jane fell on the ski jump. It must’ve been the snowshoes.

Neil B. took a flying leap.

Rosie schleps buckets of snow to melt for water.

Neil’s bottle of Jack Daniels tasted so good.

A note in the guest book from a group who were at the Lindley Hut the week before. They lost a friend in an avalanche on a nearby slope.

Neil D. writes a note to Sara who couldn’t make it this year.

Breakfast before skiing out.

My version of our group photo.

  • mark cafiero - March 16, 2010 - 1:47 PM

    you are truly a master of light, my friend. I love the shot of the Gentleman Jack!

    Let’s get together soon. Remind me to tell you where I am while reading your blog post.

  • kent - March 16, 2010 - 2:39 PM

    Thanks Mark.Let me know when you have a night off. So where were you reading my blog? Let me guess, a chair lift?

  • Neil Broome - March 16, 2010 - 5:50 PM

    Nice work Kent! I liked the pic with the axe’s next to the chopped wood and bathroom door, and also the Gentleman Jack of course. Thanks again for the slideshow, I had a great time on that trip…

  • kent - March 16, 2010 - 6:19 PM

    Thanks Neil! That was a particularly good trip.

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