Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

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Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by Marmot72 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:59 pm

Benners related this tale to me after he made his final trip to the Conundrum Basin to make a sweep from Castleabra to Triangle, as he closed out the bicentennials this fall. I've made plenty a blunder, but this stranger's tale to Ben presents a rare combination of inexperience, grit and...I don't know what.

After the Conundrum approach, the day spent on the exciting rock that this region is known for, and a well-earned soak in the hot spring which Ben again lucked upon to have entirely to himself, Ben encountered this individual near the parking lot on his return.

The man related that it was his first time to Colorado, and he was excited to see the Maroon Bells. He flew into Aspen and didn't bother to rent a car. He then took the shuttle to the Maroon lot, and began his intended "four pass" backpacking trip. He followed the trail up Maroon Peak. Yeah, just kept plugging up as it got steeper, summiting South Maroon while carrying a full backpacker's kit. Once at the top, where else to go? Traversed to North Maroon with the same load. Descended North Maroon, but then headed west over Buckskin Pass into Fravert and next headed south. Kept on going until he ended up in Crested Butte.

Upon realizing that mistake, he found transport back to Aspen.

Maybe he was low on funds after all this, because he simply took the bus to a stop where he could begin walking up the Conundrum road and packed into the spring. Ben, realizing he planned to simply return to Aspen on foot, gave him ride down the mountain.

My oh my. I'd like to say that TR - Bells Traverse with 35 Lb Backpacking Kit.
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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by Tornadoman » Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:06 am

Marmot72 wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:59 pm

My oh my. I'd like to say that TR - Bells Traverse with 35 Lb Backpacking Kit.
Wow! I would also love to see a report about this as well. He may need to hone up on his navigational skills before his next trip to Colorado! :shock:
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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by CaptCO » Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:25 am

Haha hell yeah more power to him =D> :lol:
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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by dillonsarnelli » Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:55 am

Steve "Intrepid Iowa Man" Cummins,

Looking forward to reading your TR after you own up to this story.

:-D :shock:
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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by nunns » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:16 am

We have a saying in distance running:
Being fit enough covers a multitude of sins.
In other words, you can have bad form, use poor racing tactics, and/or poor pacing strategy, but if you are fit enough, you might still get away with it and still run fairly fast.
Methinks the same idea applies here.

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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by crowdsurf » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:29 am

After summiting Maroon Peak back in early September of this year, I was surprised to see backpacking gear on the summit that was weighed down with a rock.

Found out later it was Andrew Hamilton and his climbing partner's gear. They had spent the night on the summit and did the traverse both ways in the morning.

Beyond my skill level for sure. Props to the Iowa dude.
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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by Mtnman200 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:10 am

dillonsarnelli wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:55 am
Steve "Intrepid Iowa Man" Cummins,

Looking forward to reading your TR after you own up to this story.

:-D :shock:
Steve, I didn’t know you were from Iowa. :)
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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by TravelingMatt » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:31 am

Tornadoman wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:06 am
Marmot72 wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:59 pm

My oh my. I'd like to say that TR - Bells Traverse with 35 Lb Backpacking Kit.
Wow! I would also love to see a report about this as well. He may need to hone up on his navigational skills before his next trip to Colorado! :shock:
You know, I rather admire the spirit of people who just want to accomplish something out in the mountains without worrying about checking boxes or throwing up trip reports.
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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by Jay521 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:51 am

TravelingMatt wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:31 am
You know, I rather admire the spirit of people who just want to accomplish something out in the mountains without worrying about checking boxes or throwing up trip reports.
Amen
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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by griddles » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:50 pm

Iowa or Idiots Out Wondering Around

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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by WishIWasInTheMts » Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:46 pm

The determination is inspiring. A true “Ah, f—it why not” attitude. Love it. :lol:
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Re: Intrepid Iowa Man in the Bells

Post by DeTour » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:18 pm

Holy Frappier!
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