Gathering in Aspen Friday afternoon.
Besides our trail crew, there was a separate team that would be collecting seeds for transplant elsewhere. They camped at a different site.
At the Maroon Creek Trailhead. Our first gander at Pyramid Pk on the upper left.
Packing in past Maroon Lake, the Bells chiming in the background.
We were carrying a huge amount of fresh food.
[You don't want to know what those buckets might be used for!]
Looking south down West Maroon Creek - Crater Lake in foreground.
The backpack is less than two miles and about 600' gain. :)
Secret headquarters (basecamp) for CFI - Pyramid Project.
That's an electric fence surrounding our compound - allegedly to keep out marauding bears.
Staff busy at work preparing dinner - using only fresh ingredients.
[I had to hide my emergency freeze-dried dinner from them.]
Yep, fresh guacamole in progress.
Note hole in roof for stovepipe from little woodburning stove - it made the tent quite toasty.
Also note stowing heavy propane tank, used with cooking stoves.
Graham was always happy to demonstrate what that taunt line was doing there.
My tent is the one almost hidden in the middle back.
I lucked out - getting to use a three-man tent already set up.
Those are the solar cells in the background.
Checking the solar power charging the batteries for the fence.
This is normally done with a Tecate in one hand!
Meeting the Groover System - aka the latrine.
Capt Doug with the can (a gift from Gerry).
Volunteers - L-R: Fred, Gerry and Charlotte (plus me).
The view looking up from latrine - pretty decent (especially as no magazines were provided).
Other staff L-R: Graham, Dave, Ansley and Rickie.
We had a terrific burrito-type dinner.
Looking out my tent door - a buck and doe.
There were also two fawns that didn't know how to run - they always spronged!
Can you guess why the staff named him "Lefty"?
Volunteers pitching in with dishes.
Staff serenades the volunteers - and each other. Ansley also played.
OK - eating breakfast in the big tent at 6:30 Sat. morning.
It had thundered most of the night with steady light to heavy rain.
The Bells were engulfed - making only very brief appearances.
Hoping it might yet clear-up, we're making sandwiches for the worksite.
Heading out toward Pyramid Pk - 14,018.
If it weren't for that last 18 feet, CFI wouldn't be here!
Looking north - Pyramid rising on right.
OK - first things first: time to stretch out.
They really take this stuff seriously - and it lasts about 40 minutes (not each pose though).
Is this a stretch or something more serious?