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Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/19/2011 01:12:05 MDT Print View

After my WFR in Gunnison I walked up to Gothic. Spent a beautiful 5 days in the wilderness. Enjoy.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Maroon Bells on 10/19/2011 04:40:21 MDT Print View

Nicely done, Matt. Perfect blend of scenery, wildlife, and little glimpses of your hiking/camping style. Now I want to go there.

David Noll
(dpnoll) - MLife

Locale: Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells on 10/19/2011 05:04:10 MDT Print View

Great job. Nice catch on the pine marten.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Thank you Gents. on 10/19/2011 15:34:51 MDT Print View

Thanks guys. I had a great time. That was my first trip to CO. I'm going back as soon as I can.

Edit: Subject

Edited by Matt_Mahaney on 10/19/2011 15:35:36 MDT.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness" on 10/19/2011 15:52:51 MDT Print View

Yep, very nice solo Matt.

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/19/2011 16:07:07 MDT Print View

It's been a couple of years since I've been to the Maroon Bells, but it still stands out in my mind as one of the prettiest places I've been in Colorado, or anywhere for that matter. Thanks for posting, it brought back some great memories.

-David

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/19/2011 16:52:54 MDT Print View

Super Cool----Seven Nation Army Remix-Nice!

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/19/2011 17:44:12 MDT Print View

I was impressed David. The wild flowers were peaking along West Maroon. Beautiful.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/19/2011 17:45:22 MDT Print View

Jay, if you haven't put an ear to The Glitch Mob yet, they're worth more than a listen. Thanks.

b s
(smyth) - F
Re: Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/19/2011 18:30:51 MDT Print View

Very nice. Was that a hooded button up shirt you were wearing? Is that myog or commercially available?

Frank H.
(porker110) - F

Locale: California
RE: on 10/19/2011 18:31:50 MDT Print View

I was thinking about that shirt too, it looks pretty nice.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/19/2011 18:36:47 MDT Print View

The shirt is made by Kuhl. Nylon and Ploy. Love that shirt.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/19/2011 21:02:51 MDT Print View

I see they still haven't cleared a path through that avalanche. Nice video. I like how patient you must be to put your self in motion in so many spots. I rarely do that, but did add several time lapses.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/19/2011 21:24:13 MDT Print View

All the matchsticks are still there. Michael, I've fallen in love with time lapse. Really enjoy seeing long processes collapsed into just a few frames. I don't think patient is the word I'd use, but thank you. Really, I have a hard time seeing scale in videos or photos that don't have a reference. Seeing that most of my hiking is done solo, I'm the most convenient yardstick.

Thanks for looking and sharing gang.

Tyler H
(ctwnwood) - F

Locale: Utah
glitch mob on 10/19/2011 22:00:57 MDT Print View

Sweet video report!

The music makes it seem like you were eating molly or something - I wish my trips were that intense, man.

But seriously, nice job.

Edited by ctwnwood on 10/19/2011 22:03:05 MDT.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
glitch mob on 10/20/2011 09:29:43 MDT Print View

Thanks Tyler.

Found the track a few days ago. I really like the Stripes and the Mob, a perfect blend for me. Wanted to use it for an edit and this is the one it worked best for.

Yeah intense. All at a half days walk to Aspen or Gothic. Ha!

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/24/2011 08:07:16 MDT Print View

Matt,
I'm willing to spend significant time getting the photo I want, but for whatever reason haven't been willing to frame the video shot, then walk however far and then come all the way back to retrieve my gear. I especially liked your stream crossing and the bravery of hand holding on your second pass. That was a nice edit.

I assume you're using the CHDK hack? Which TL script did you choose? If you have lots of time to kill you can watch my vids.

Which UL tripod do you use?

Finally, what was your route?

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/24/2011 19:28:08 MDT Print View

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 40ยบ 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.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/24/2011 19:58:23 MDT Print View

> over the pass Southwest of Cassi Peak (off trail lots of fun. I know you're not supposed to oops)

I'd like to hear more about that portion. I was originally planning to do the same thing, but with my knee & socks bugging me I chickened out when I saw how it looked from the end of RG trail. It didn't look like it would be too bad if my lower half was in normal condition though I had planned to do it the next morning, which would have turned out to be a bad choice as t-storms came through. I backtracked out of the gulch and got a lucky ride to Copper Creek TH and made it to the mine just before dark. :) You can read my TR - much quicker than viewing the videos.

So the SX30 has TL ability built in to it or do you have some kind of external intervalometer? CHDK really extends the camera's abilities. I just have an A620. I had hoped to try some lightning photos but never got any t-storms that had good opportunities.

Edited by topshot on 10/24/2011 20:06:04 MDT.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/24/2011 20:23:37 MDT Print View

The SX30 IS doesn't have time lapse. I have a 64 GB memory card and I roll video. That's why my battery died on day one. Oh, well.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
Martin! on 10/27/2011 02:19:47 MDT Print View

Diggin the martin, saw my first one on a PCT section last year. Curious little buggers, so energetic. Second, that shot of the snowmelt drink just about made me quit my job! Love it. Third, I know I'm ocd, but it looks like that pack could use some load lifters :P

Sweet video. Jealous.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/29/2011 07:24:30 MDT Print View

Thanks Ozzy.
About the pack. I don't keep much in it. I make a virtual frame with my sleeping pad, and stuff the middle of the pad burrito with everything else. This gives me the option to extend the shoulder straps and vent my back. When I carry a more substantial load, I fold the pad next to my back and once the bag is packed I open the valve to get a rock solid compression in the pack.

Edited by Matt_Mahaney on 10/29/2011 07:25:57 MDT.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/29/2011 07:48:13 MDT Print View

Michael,
When I first looked at my map I almost went West over the pass to RG. I thought I could use the easy climb on the East side of the pass to build the confidence to drop down the other side to RG. As it was though, I was huffing and puffing anyway. I had spent about 14 days in Gunnison, but I'm coming form DC at a little over 200'. I had some catching up to do, and I never feel like I really got there. So I opted to stay on trails first incase I got in over my head and needed to bail. The contours on the West side of the pass concerned me more than the East and I've always been better at climbing, so I chose to climb the side that I was more cautious of. Not sure that's exactly what I want to say. I'll try again. I knew the West side would present more of a challenge to me. Either by my understanding or lack there of. A perceived level of comfort and fear. That place where we (however small the challenge i.e. this case) get to rub shoulders with our limits and we make our choices and hopefully become better outdoors people. I think I made the right choice for me.
Technically, there wasn't much more to do than look for the most positive places for footing and kicking when I couldn't find something good enough to stand on. Go do it. For me it was a good choice to do a little off trail walking in a low risk location.

Eric Swab
(ericswab) - M

Locale: Rockies
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/29/2011 13:01:38 MDT Print View

That video is really great, giving me motivation to give it a try, really much cooler than still shots. You just raised the bar on trip reports!

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
the mob. on 10/29/2011 14:09:26 MDT Print View

slaying the Maroon Bells!

nice one with that Glitch Mob remix. don't like their recent direction, but seen them lots of times and definitely love their older (pre-Drink the Sea) stuff, both collectively and individually (though the Drink the Sea mixtape is good).

great trip!

p.s. i might have to start a "glitch/whomp/wobble/future bass-lovin' ultralighters" thread, to compete with those bluegrass and whatnot music threads. represent!

Edited by DaveT on 10/29/2011 14:11:30 MDT.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/29/2011 19:19:01 MDT Print View

> Technically, there wasn't much more to do than look for the most positive places for footing and kicking when I couldn't find something good enough to stand on. Go do it.

Did you take the north or south route over the pass? You can see what I mean at 10:30-11:00 on my Part 2 video. They both looked reasonable to me from a distance. By kicking, do you mean there was snow when you were there or just dirt/mud instead of talus/scree as it appeared to me? I wish my knee would have cooperated on this trip, but it was the rock-hopping coming down from Pierre Lakes that stressed it early on.

I'd also contemplated doing Heckert Pass from Pierre Lakes pre-trip, but even with a good knee I wouldn't do that one alone once I saw it. It looked much tougher than this one at Cassi Peak.

Peter Sustr
(czechxpress) - F - M

Locale: Boulder
nice video on 10/29/2011 22:00:30 MDT Print View

Very good video Matt, glad you got to see Colorado. Let me know the next time your in Colorado we can hit the Flat Tops or RMNP.

Again great video!

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Re: nice video on 10/29/2011 22:07:22 MDT Print View

Peter! Sir, how are you? Would love to see the Flat Tops. Thanks a lot. Glad to see the virtual you.

tkkn c
(tkknc) - MLife

Locale: Desert Rat in the Southwest
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/29/2011 22:33:21 MDT Print View

Nice vid

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/30/2011 07:27:33 MDT Print View

Thanks Ken.

John Whynot
(jdw01776)

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/30/2011 07:38:59 MDT Print View

Enjoyed your trip report. After the bear attacks near Aspen this year, I didn't do my annual solo trip to the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, so I've been experiencing it vicariously. I'm going next year -- no excuses...

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 10/30/2011 10:49:39 MDT Print View

I was surprised how fast word spread in the Bells. Two guys were "attacked" by a bear in West Maroon the night I was in East Maroon. Word 'round the campfire was that one was critically injured. I have no way of knowing. I witnessed a wide range of backcountry skill there. In my opinion bear avoidance and food safety were lacking in some. Not all, some.

aaron eshelman
(djaaronreed) - MLife

Locale: Central Rockies
Excellent! on 11/06/2011 11:03:45 MST Print View

Thanks for the great TR Vid! I haven't been able to make it anywhere this season due to injury and this gives me things to look forward to. Colorado is my home state and I just can't get enough of it! Thanks again.

Matt Mahaney
(Matt_Mahaney) - MLife

Locale: In the District
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 11/06/2011 11:11:17 MST Print View

Aaron, thanks. Your home state is gorgeous. I can't wait to go back. Heal well and get back out there.

Brian Austin
(footeab) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness on 11/09/2011 20:24:38 MST Print View

Makes me want to go back! Great Video!

Great Marten Grab!

Now, if only I had the patience for proper video editing.

Hmm anyone know if you can set videos as part of ones screen saver function? Surely something like this exists. Pictures/Videos dumped or linked to a folder and the "screen-saver" plays the folder....

Just wondering!

Thanks, Great Trip.