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6th Annual SP Summer Gathering in the Mighty San Juans

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Postby ktimm » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:57 pm

Put me as confirmed for the whole thing .. also would be interested in some of the other Twin peaks, Storm , Bonita etc
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Postby Aaron Johnson » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:10 pm

See UPDATE SECTION in original post.
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Postby Kiefer » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:02 am

Due to a new job, I won't be there (once again). I work weekends.
If this thing is ever mid-week (prolly unlikely), then I'll be there.
Have a good time everyone!
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Postby Jerry L » Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:10 am

Post op. complications keep me from leaving town. Another one bites the dust. have fun........
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Postby Aaron Johnson » Sat Jul 03, 2010 2:32 am

Jerry L: Sorry to hear this. I was looking forward to meeting you. Here's to a continued safe and speedy recovery.
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Postby Alan Ellis » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:45 am

Damn. Maybe next year Jerry. I still bringing salmon in your honor. :)
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Postby peladoboton » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:14 am

gonna havta bail on this for now as i will have all of 12 hours to adjust from 954'. looks like a load of fun, though...sorry to miss it.
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Postby Jerry L » Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:04 pm

Thanks Aaron and Alan. Next year sounds good..........
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Postby Aaron Johnson » Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:47 pm

peladoboton-Sorry to hear you can't make it. Hopefully you can attend one in the future.
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Postby Tonka » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:44 pm

Since everyone seems to be bailing :) I thought I'd let you all know that my airfare is paid for and my room is booked at the Triangle Motel.

I do have a question. Denver being the only airport that I can get to for a reasonable price. What route would you locals advise? I know I'm in for a bit of a haul but we have all day Friday to make the drive.
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Postby Aaron Johnson » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:38 pm

tonka:
I do have a question. Denver being the only airport that I can get to for a reasonable price. What route would you locals advise? I know I'm in for a bit of a haul but we have all day Friday to make the drive.


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From the airport, take the road leaving the airport (Pena Blvd) down to I-70. Stay on I-70 as it takes you clear across town towards the mountains. Get over in the left lane and stay there for your trip across the city.

On the west side of town, as I-70 starts to climb toward the mountains, exit (on the right) onto C-470 (the sign says east for Colorado Springs but you'll be headed south). Once on C-470, go past the Alameda and Morrison exits.

The next exit is Highway 285. The sign indicates Fairplay. Take this exit (on the right) and stay on 285 for a very long time, going through Bailey, over Kenosha Pass through South Park valley, Fairplay and beyond. It's about a minimum 3.5 hour drive to Johnson Village from the airport.

At Johnson Village, right after a bridge over the Arkansas River, you'll come to a junction with Highway 24. Turn left (south). Watch your speed on Highway 24. It is a 30 minute drive to your next junction.

At a junction in Poncha Springs, go right (west) on Highway 50 bound for Gunnison. Drive over Monarch Pass, drive through the long Gunnison valley, arriving in Gunnison. Mario's on the south (left) side of Main Street in Gunnison would be an awesome lunch stop! It's right near the center of town.

Beyond Gunnison, resume your track on Highway 50, bypassing impressive Blue Mesa Reservoir, and several passes enroute to Montrose. During the drive from Gunnison to Montrose, you are north of the very large San Juan range, but you won't see much of it until you pull in to Montrose. With lunch, it's a two hour drive to Montrose.

In downtown Montrose is the junction with Highway 550. Turn left (south) and drive 550 through Ridgway and Ouray (welcome to the San Juans!). The highway is winding and narrow going over Red Mountain Pass. Have your camera handy. Be prepared to stop often for pictures. Be prepared for a wrenched neck after gawking at all of the mountains around you. With stops, it's a minimum 2 hour drive to Silverton from Montrose.

550 will take you to Silverton. At a junction, turn left (north) to go into town.

From the airport, Silverton is an 8 hour drive, perhaps longer depending on how much you stop to take pictures of Colorado's mountains, particularly of the San Juans. Since you have all day Friday, you'll be good, although somewhat burnt out upon arriving in Silverton. Nothing a good night's sleep breathing fresh San Juan air can't cure. Believe me, this is a trip you guys won't forget. You're going to be blown away by the San Juans!

It'll be nice to see you and Robin again!
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Postby Aaron Johnson » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:32 am

To those of you still planning on attending:

Let me know here or with a PM if you are planning to join us for dinner on Friday at 6:00PM. We'll be in town a bit early and I'll contact the restaurant to make arrangements. Knowing the size of our group will be helpful. Thanks!
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Postby Sarah Simon » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:54 am

Aaron,

Deb & I will join you folks for dinner Friday night after Engineer Mountain.

We are STOKED!

PS: My husband said you are a bunch of wicked fast mountain demons and he is definitely not going to make this year's SP gathering (as he had open-heart surgery to fix his aorta in March and is still recouping a bit.)

See ya'll soon!

Sarah
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Postby Scott » Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:01 am

I have to work this weekend, but it looks like I have the next one off (I wasn't sure until now).

My son and I are planning on attending. Maybe my wife and daughter, but my son and I for sure.
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Postby Alan Ellis » Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:54 am

Jackie and Alan will BE THERE!
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