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Old 09-12-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Most unusual trip ever to Ouray Telluride

Made the summer trip to Ouray Telluride area, this time with the new to me Green Rubicon. By end of July, all passes were open and not much snow left, think it was a low snow year. However, more rain than the usual evening showers.
Met up with friends and ran Governors , Sydney, and Yankee Boy Basins. Super wildflowers and greeeeen mountains.
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Next day we ran Imogene from Telluride. Slid a little off the south side of the summit at the sign. Out of the blue (literality) we were buzzed by a sail plane (well guess it's more like swooped).

Sail Plane above Imogene Pass Summit

First half of next day was normal weather before the storms moved in. Small hail made one peak near Cement creek look like snow. Elk were feeding the next day on Corkscrew.


Once the storms moved in, the goal was to go back to Imogene Pass and get above the storm clouds. Never happened, visibility at the summit was about 20-30 feet, and ended up with layer of clouds below and above with clear (overcast) weather that gave new perspective of Bridal Veil and Ingram Falls


To keep this post from being photo heavy, attached is YouTube presentation of the sights. Video moves quickly and much more informative with shots from Ophir, Black Bear (note telephoto shots of Ingram Falls from far west side of Telluride), Engineers Pass, California , Mineral Creek, Corkscrew, Porphyry , Poughkeepsie Gulch & Tug for ore carts. Treasure Loop.
Enjoy.

Youtube, make sure to go to large screen and adjust volume for bold music.

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Telluride Ouray Offroad July 2013 - YouTube

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I don't know if I saw you on the trails, but I believe I saw you at the KOA.
Awesome area. Hoping to go back there at the end of the month(if possible).

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Old 09-17-2013, 07:43 AM   #3
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Highly probably that we saw each other, I camped at the back section at the Ouray KOA while most of the jeeps seemed to be in the front section. And your jeep looks familiar.

There was about 15 jeeps there from Ft Worth at that time.

I like the KOA there, In town seems a little crowded, and the back section has some nice camp sites. The KOA is a little off the beaten path and tucked up in that little meadow north of town.

I was there from July 25 through the 30th.

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Nice pictures. Love the scenery.
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That looks awesome! The view on especially those first 2 pics....

Sometimes I wonder why I still live in this boring flat country
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I just watched your slide show on youtube. Nice! Telluride Ouray is definitely on my list.
I noticed in one of the pics you were using the winch. Just wondering if that was necessary of just precautionary.
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I just watched your slide show on youtube. Nice! Telluride Ouray is definitely on my list.
I noticed in one of the pics you were using the winch. Just wondering if that was necessary of just precautionary.
That was in Poughkeepsie Gulch at a obstacle called "the wall". I tried climbing the wall without the winch, but it had been raining pretty heavy the previous two days. On closer look, you can see water puddles. Everything needs to be pretty dry to make it up the wall without a winch and I just didn't have the traction. I could have let more air out and maybe done better.

That said, winching up the wall is very common. A Colorado jeep club has done a great job installing winch points and there are about 5 or 6 points. If you look closely, you can see the points and a signage, look at the video at times 7:39, 7:55 and 7:57; you will see the signs.

Sorry that I cant recall the clubs name, but my thanks and the offroad community needs to give them thanks.

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Yep, that is a great area for excellent off road fun. Its the super bowl of jeepin and so much there it takes better than a week to take it all in. Make sure to go there. Its wonderful. I have done photo/videos of the area for other years (when I had a CJ7), take a look at those to see a little more.

Thanks for the interest
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That was in Poughkeepsie Gulch at a obstacle called "the wall". I tried climbing the wall without the winch, but it had been raining pretty heavy the previous two days. On closer look, you can see water puddles. Everything needs to be pretty dry to make it up the wall without a winch and I just didn't have the traction. I could have let more air out and maybe done better.

That said, winching up the wall is very common. A Colorado jeep club has done a great job installing winch points and there are about 5 or 6 points. If you look closely, you can see the points and a signage, look at the video at times 7:39, 7:55 and 7:57; you will see the signs.

Sorry that I cant recall the clubs name, but my thanks and the offroad community needs to give them thanks.

On your list:
Yep, that is a great area for excellent off road fun. Its the super bowl of jeepin and so much there it takes better than a week to take it all in. Make sure to go there. Its wonderful. I have done photo/videos of the area for other years (when I had a CJ7), take a look at those to see a little more.

Thanks for the interest
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Yes, I was able to find other videos where they are using the winch points when it was raining. As I said, I would like to do these trails but I may not have a winch. From what I could see, I shouldn't have a problem though. I spent a week in the Canyonlands and Moab area summer before last and we passed through Colorado on our way home. Didn't get to do much just drove over the divide in Rocky Mt. NP. It was just enough to give us the desire to go back. Hope it won't be to long.
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