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8 day Leadership- Tour de San Juans
August 1, 2011
5 Day Best of the Weminuche
August 11, 2011

Day 1: We started out the trip climbing at X-Rock, where we learned Belaying, Rapelling, Climbing Technique, and Anchor Systems.  In the afternoon we made a meal plan for the rest of the trip and went food shopping.

Day 2: We got up early and drove North to Andrews Lake which was our launching point for Snowdon Peak.  Perfect weather and a fun group of guys made for a great summit!  After descending we hiked back to the car and drove to the Purgatory Flats Trail head and hiked down to the Animas river to camp.

At Andrews Lake with Snowdon in the background.

On the summit of Snowdon

Descending Snowdon

Day 3: The goal was to hike into Noname Basin but while crossing Noname Creek Jason slipped and whacked his ankle on a rock.  Between that and the pouring rain we decided to sleep for the night at the mouth of Noname near the Animas.

Taken from Water Tank Hill.

Day 4: Finished hiking into Noname basin and camped next to the old Miners cabin.  Amazingly we got a fire going despite all the rain we had had.

At the Miners Cabin.

Day 5:  Jasons heel was still not 100% so Vincent and I climbed a peak North of the cabin called Heisspitz.  Which apparently means something like “Hot Peak” in German.  Vincent worked on his short roping skills and his kiwi coil on the way to the top.

Vincent on the ridge.

Day 6: Jason and I got up early again and climbed Knife point, returned to camp and hiked with Jason into the beautiful Ruby creek.

Vincent on the way up to Knife Point.

Day 7: All of us got up early and climbed up to the Saddle between Turret and Pigeon.  Jason was not feeling very good so he headed back to camp while Vincent and I climbed the two peaks.  We then returned to camp packed up and hiked back down to the Animas to get a jump on the next day.

On top of Pigeon.

Day 8: We finished the hike out to the Purgatory Flats Trail Head and drove back to Durango. Finishing off a great tour of the Weminuche and a great trip!

Back at the car.