Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Pack

Monday we all went up to the radio towers so we could pack out the two elk.  Johnny and Steve went in first because they still had licenses to fill.  They spotted a bull elk on the first ridge beyond the towers.  Johnny could not see the antlers but could see the bulls balls.

We loaded up the packs and Clark couldn't make it.  These animals are big!  It ended up taking me three days to fully get my bull elk out of there.  I would hike up in the morning, get a quarter on my pack, eat lunch, then slog down the mountain arriving at my ATV at dusk.

I went on a straight line from what we call Kiss Me Rock, up to the bald knob where just below I had harvested my bull elk.  This took me through the burn, then through thick oak brush, out in the open on a path I would never take when actually hunting.  Too easy to see a human for these elk.

Torreys - Kelso Ridge

My second trip to Torrey Peak and the Kelso ridge, Shelley joined me on the adventure. 
The scramble was easier than I remember, and yet it has some cool sections.

Here's a dramatic shot of Shelz high in the mountains of Colorado.
Not many people were on the Kelso Ridge this day.  Lots of people taking the standard route up to Grey's Peak.  Nice to get away from the crowds on a mountain close to Denver, Colorado.
Here's Shelz on the knife edge.  Quite fun for a flat lander from Florida!