Four Pass Loop - July 5-7, 2011
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Brian Camprini
(bcamprini) - MLife

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Four Pass Loop - July 5-7, 2011 on 07/12/2011 19:02:13 MDT Print View

Pretty snowy, but a fantastic trip. I put some pictures up on Flickr which might help someone who's wondering about conditions in that area.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/camprini/5924173134/in/set-72157627164583120/

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Four Pass Loop - July 5-7, 2011 on 07/12/2011 19:17:52 MDT Print View

Great pictures, thanks.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Four Pass Loop - July 5-7, 2011 on 07/12/2011 19:22:03 MDT Print View

wow!

John Whynot
(jdw01776)

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Four Pass Loop - July 5-7, 2011 on 07/12/2011 19:40:23 MDT Print View

Congrats on completing the loop under those conditions. I tried under similar conditions in 2008 -- one look at Buckskin Pass and then one look at Maroon Creek and I said no way. Went back the next year, and was successful.

I know what you mean about sucking wind -- almost sea level to 9000+ feet in a few days. Looking down into Fravert Basin from Frigid Air Pass was one of the most awe inspiring sights I have ever experienced...

Edited by jdw01776 on 07/12/2011 19:40:59 MDT.

Brian Camprini
(bcamprini) - MLife

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Re: Re: Four Pass Loop - July 5-7, 2011 on 07/12/2011 20:13:03 MDT Print View

Thanks guys.

John--I have to admit that I had a few tense moments. Buckskin was the most intimidating pass of the trip, so I can relate. Congrats on going back and gettin r done.

I'd really like to go back in the Fall with the colors going off and the elk bugling. Part of the reason I wanted to go when I did, though, was to experience it in solitude (which I understand is pretty rare when conditions are better). I got plenty of that and it felt like a much longer trip (in a very good way).

James Klein
(jnklein21) - M

Locale: Southeast
4 lp pass on 07/12/2011 20:18:39 MDT Print View

Wow, brings me back...

I did this about 3yrs ago (nearly to the day...). It was my first backpacking trip (hellava introduction imo). Have yet to get close to topping this trip (even though my pack weight started in the 50s).

There was a lot of snow on my trip as well (not quite this much though) -- I remember one particuarly hairy incident coming down to snowmass lake.

I'll have to post a few pics when I get time.

EDITED to add a few pics (recognize any Brian?)

From West Maroon Pass

from Frigid Air Pass

Snowmass Lake

Edited by jnklein21 on 07/13/2011 11:33:01 MDT.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Good stuff! on 07/12/2011 20:22:42 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing. It is a wonderful loop. To have it in near solitude? Even more so!