Sunday, June 30, 2013

Vestal Basin

As I was riding the coal powered steam train up to Elk Park I was checking the weather and it didn't look good.  NOAA was predicting 70% chance of precipitation and a chance of snow.  Luckily NOAA doesn't always get it right!  We ended up summiting Vestal Peak and Arrow Peak with great weather the whole time.  Beautiful weather, fun people, and great surroundings made for an amazing 3 days in the Weminuche Wilderness.  
Smoky conditions riding the train to Elk Park. The smoke was blowing in from some wildfires far to the East.
Summit of Vestal Peak!
Sky Pilot at 13,000'.
Vestal Peak from Arrow Peak.
Camp in Vestal Basin with Vestal Peak above.
Catching the train back to Durango from Elk Park.

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