Photo Essay: Four Days in the Maroon Bells- Snowmass Wilderness

At the second half of this week, I took my friend, Sam- a financial adviser from the Midwest- on his first backpacking trip: a three night, four day trip around the Maroon Bells- Snowmass Wilderness. Prior to the trip, his only experience was car camping; afterwards, he vowed to make hiking in the mountain west an annual trip. It was the perfect time of year to see fields of wild flowers, sprouting on lush green alpine slopes. The deer and elk were in attendance, with their fluffy velvet horns; as was a plump chocolate colored black bear. The bear sighting was a very distinct goal on Sam’s list to be crossed off. Needless to say, he was ecstatic- like a little kid- at the encounter. Later, we washed in a quintessential mountain water fall, and put a dent on a bottle of whisky, while dissecting the finer details of the milky-way. As usual, I’ll let the photos do the talking in this essay…

 

 

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