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Offering some assistance in Chicago Basin

Tourists on the Tourist Route
July 8, 2011
The Machine on North Twilight
July 31, 2011

A few days after climbing in the Black Canyon Chris was headed back out to Colorado to check out some peaks in No Name Basin.  No Name Basin is a less known Basin in the Wininuche Wilderness just North of Chicago Basin and South of Vestal Basin, offering some incredible peaks and views.

It turned out that Chris’ flight was cancelled from Denver to Durango which delayed our trip by a day.  With our shortened itinerary we opted to head into Chicago Basin instead.  We took the train into Needleton and hiked into the Basin.

Day two: We woke to clear skys and were able to climb two forteeners(Windom and Sunlight) before the afternoon thunderstorms rolled in.  We were back at camp around 1:30pm.  While napping the afternoon away we were awoken by a women looking for a climbing rope.  As it turns out a young man had taken a bad fall a half mile up the trail and needed some help.  Chris and I hurried up the trail, and offered what assistance we could.  Chris has gotten in the habit of carrying his Satilite phone on back country trips and between him and the park ranger on the scene put it to good use.  Just before 8pm the helicopter landed and within the hour the La Plata SAR guys had the young man in the helicopter and on his way to the hospital.  I know Chris and I both wish him a speedy recovery.

After the crazy night Chris and I slept in a little and then walked out to the train.

Below are some photos of the trip.

BK

Chris above Twin Lakes in the early morning.
Chris above Twin Lakes in the early morning.

The mascot of Southwest Adventure Guides.
The mascot of Southwest Adventure Guides.

Beautiful!
Beautiful!

Great weather and Great views!
Great weather and Great views!