Colorado 2001 - The Southern Sawatch
Early plans for this trip began to form even before we left Breckenridge during the successful "Condo Climbing" trip of 2000. We decided we'd return in a similar style in 2001, only with a new home base and new fourteeners to day hike. By winter Rick and Lynne had found lodging at the Monarch Mountain Lodge, located near the Monarch ski area at the southern end of the Sawatch Range. From there we would have easy access to several fourteeners: Shavano, Tabaguache, Antero, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia.
There was great interest in this trip, and in all over 50 people (mostly previous trip members) were invited. As everyone's summer plans became clearer, our group shrunk to a very manageable 11 people. The roster:
Rick and Lynne Stinchfield - recently retired and ready for the mountains
Our plan was to meet at the lodge on Saturday, August 4th. Part of the group went out early to do a short backpack and climb, and I left Iowa early on Friday, August 3rd.
Updated Monday, October 22, 2001