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Brazos Hut X-C Ski Trip

January, 12-15, 2008

Author and Trip Leader: Dave Yeamans

Participants: Dave Chamberlin, Dave Scudder, Jan Studebaker, Rick Light, Dennis Brandt, Dave Yeamans


Dave Scudder Waxes up While Dennis Brandt Applies Sunscreen

Six skiers found the perfect snow, companionship, food, and shelter in the high country near the flanks of Grouse Mesa and Brazos Peak on January 12th to 15th, 2008 on the Los Alamos Mountaineers Club second "hut" trip hosted by Dave Yeamans.


Dave Yeamans and Dennis Ski in One of a Thousand Meadows

Dave's snowmobile hauled in the heavy items while the skiers made their way up the 9.2 mile, 3000 foot elevation change to the cabin.  They were met by a snow-plugged chimney that required disassembling the stove pipe to clear.  It took a half hour to get the smoke out of the cabin and a couple of hours to warm up after all the outside work.


The Cabin Holds a Huge Snow Load

We left the cabin at the crack of 11:30 the next two days. Four of the group went 9.8 miles round trip to Grouse Mesa.  The others challenged the more local peak ascents and descents.  The next day some of the gang rested at the cabin or did local ski exploring that involved some pretty gnarly ascent/descent.  There were several types of skiers and ski equipment but we were all able to find perfect conditions to meet our individual desires.  Champaign powder in the trees, big faces, or classic trails are everywhere.


Dave, Dave, Dennis, and Jan Studebaker Climb Grouse Mesa

We skied out the fourth day on perfect conditions - light snow, cold as ice, and amazing views of the Chama Valley.  The snowmobile tipped over, got stuck, or wrecked only four times.  One time it was rescued by a horse, twice by the driver, and once by the trusty mountaineers.  The driver learned that the mountaineers donít respond to gentle hints on the two-way radios.  Unless you holler "HELP" they'd rather ski on ahead.


Rick Light and Dave Chamberlin Enjoy Lunch


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