Michael: I didn't even know about the CHDK. Thanks for turning me on to that.
I use an Ultrapod 1.
I wouldn't be so brazen to cross any body of water with my 60D, but the risk is worth it with the SX30 IS. I wish I'd have adjusted the exposure, but my feet were really cold and I was ready to get out of the water and build some body heat.
In my last comment I was teasing about this being an intense trip. Really I was out just to see the place. No goals, except I knew I wanted to see the hot springs in the Conundrum drainage and I'd heard the wild flowers in West Maroon were going off.
I choose to do East Maroon first. Gothic to Copper Lake, E Maroon Pass then North off my map (Latitude 40º maps "Crested Butte Taylor Park"). West to W Maroon (not clear on this section because I was off my map) South on W Maroon, around Mount Bellview to Rustler Gulch, over the pass Southwest of Cassi Peak (off trail lots of fun. I know you're not supposed to oops), Triangle Pass to walk North along Conundrum to the trail head off my map. I didn't stop at the hot springs on my way North, so... Retrace to Triangle Pass and drop to Copper Lake and back to Gothic. Got lucky and got a ride all the way to Gunnison the first time I stuck out my thumb just South of Gothic on my way back to CB.