I quickly set up my tent before while more sleet fell. I still had occasional views when the trail crossed small meadows. I watched the coyotes make their way to edge of the park before slipping off into the woods. Again, the brunt of the storm just grazed me and I only had light showers. Even if or perhaps particularly if youre going with an outfitter, though, I think having some understanding of whats going on will add immensely to your enjoyment and thats what this article is all about. I caught a few glimpses of nearby high peaks and could see that a little snow speckled the mountains.
The rain let up for a bit while I ate. The summit is a great vantage point for the nearby, jagged peaks such as Wetterhorn, Coxcomb, and Redcliff among many others. Another horse with a rider followed. View from High Mesa My next round of rain moving in while on High Mesa I began my descent toward Silver Jack Reservoir. One manty is slung on each side of the animal from sling ropes attached to the steel hoops of the Decker. Based on the various sources, this hike covered around 50 miles including the roundtrip climb of Uncompahgre Peak. The vast majority of professional packers use mules as pack stock, and some are even enamored of them as riding animals.
Even a Forest Service sign and website have slightly differing numbers. Although not enough to obscure the trail, the snow was more consistent. Officially in the Wilderness Cliffs on the east side of the East Fork With the rainy summer, it's quite green With numerous showers and storms throughout the day, the trail became quite muddy. By now it was later in the afternoon. My day was approaching 20 miles.
The full treatment is amplified by the brilliant drawings by Joe Back, a most-able artist, as well as a man who knows what he is talking about from personal experience. The Alpine Trail begins in a meadow along the Big Blue Creek over easy terrain. The horse tracks created a mess in the mud, leaving the trail in pretty bad shape at spots. Then, check them again after the animal is loaded and youve walked them around a bit to see if the loads are riding even. With wonderful illustrations, Joe Back makes it easy to be prepared and safe on your travels.
Like a lot of expensive hobbies, though, such retrospection is dangerous and best avoided, and its hard to place a dollar value on the experiences weve accumulated along the way. I would close the loop by hiking the Alpine Trail, just north of the Wilderness boundary. Some of the lessons taught in this book include:Packing horsesEquipmentBalancing the loadMaking campGetting along in the wildernessFinal tiesAnd many more! I've seen many photos of various mountains in the range and have been drawn to them. The start of my hike The Alpine Trail above the Big Blue Creek Looking down the Big Blue Valley The ford of the Big Blue Cliffs along the Alpine Trail Soon after the ford, the trail climbed away from the creek. Horses arent too verbal, but they clearly communicate with each other and it can be kind of amusing to watch the others perk up and pick up the pace when the boss horse in the back lays back his ears and sends some equine insults forward.
So, which style is better? Then, of course, comes a sound running gear, meaning straight legs and good feet, a straight and relatively short back, prominent withers the high point of the back at the base of the neck , and lastly a solid build with some size and strength. Just ahead I reached the Big Blue Trailhead. Be aware at higher elevations above treeline, the risks of thunderstorms are much greater. It was a rather small bull and he slipped into the woods quickly when he saw me. Also, when the load rocks and shifts while travelling which it will it does so against the half-breed instead of directly against the animals skin. The rain stayed fairly light before picking up.
So, I am not trying to lay out my opinions as the thing for everyone, although I did not arrive at them overnight but rather through over of twenty years of packing experience. The rain picked up after a few minutes. If youre going with a reputable outfitter, youll no doubt find the bulk of their animals fit these characteristics, and theyre not going to put you on a bronc unless youve requested a spirited animal, or insulted and demeaned them and their stock as a bunch of dim-witted plugs. A manty is an assortment of gear tied up in a canvas tarp, with finished dimensions roughly the shape and size of a hay bale. Some nice sections of aspens were starting to turn color in this stretch as well. There are basically two schools of packing based in large part on the two common types of packsaddles; sawbucks and Deckers.
In the distance I could see some cattle ranging in the park. Then, if desired or necessary, relatively lightweight but bulky items like sleeping bags are placed in a top pack laid across the saddle and tops of the panniers and secured to the animal with a diamond hitch or one of an endless variety of other hitches. Some of the lessons taught in this book include:Packing horsesEquipmentBalancing the loadMaking campGetting along in the wildernessFinal tiesAnd many more! It features a nice walk in the forest, broken by sections of meadow. I could see the mountains surrounding me speckled in snow not far above me. A horse with a rider approached followed by a string of seven horses.