I'm talking about the hut that sits 1000ft below the summit of Mt. Sherman. Mt. Sherman is a 14,036ft mountain located 7 miles southeast of Leadville, CO. It's supposed to be one of the easiest 14ers and highly recommended for beginners. Somehow, I've attempted and failed three times.
We headed up in November of 2010 for the first time. Drove up on a Friday night to Breck, attended the CAIC (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) benefit event and then drove up to the trailhead for a night of camping. This time, it was just the man and myself. There were some strong gusts and it was very cold. As we hiked up through the abandoned mining structures, we decided to take shelter and take a break at this one little hut:
It was small, but luxurious!
|The living room|
|Me in my second home in November 2010.|
We made it to the hut. Only to find out, half our group wanted to push it and half of us were giving up. I was giving up. We didn't turn around before taking a picture in the master bedroom:
|After he had told me he was continuing on... I wasn't happy he was letting the group split up with such conditions.|
Just for the record, three of us made it down safely and drove to Fairplay for some breakfast. We were joined by the rest of the crew 15 minutes later only to find out, they had turned around even before hitting the ridge. Failed attempt for us all.
Not wanting to give up, the man and I thought of giving it yet another shot. Maybe we didn't learn our lesson and we will not be waiting til the summer. We attempted it in December of 2011. This time, it wasn't windy. This time, it was sunny... so what happened??
We started a little lower than usual, the road to the summer trailhead was covered in snow so we started a little farther down. The sun was shining, but I was absolutely exhausted. We got to the hut... we took a break. It seems like it is now tradition.
While it was chilly (I mean, it's a mountain at 13,000ft in December), the day was gorgeous... so I decided to snack while sitting on my front porch.
|Sitting up front while enjoying the views!|
While enjoying my snacks, I saw something... It was a view that I wanted to capture forever. I took a picture with my new camera which takes some of the best panoramic pictures. I wanted to capture the image that was making me feel at peace and that made me smile. Today, this is one of my favorite pictures of ALL times. It's not only because it's a great picture, but because of what it represents. The life I chose when I moved to Colorado., how lucky I am to be alive, the views I get to enjoy just because I live in Colorado, the fact that I would never give up (cause I'd been up there 2 times before this one), and of course, it reminds me of how wonderful our world is.
While I wanted to capture this epic view, I wanted the hut to be part of it. Mostly, because it's been a shelter to me multiple times. Since I started this blog, this picture has been at the top of my page:
|My favorite picture (with part of the hut to the left)|
Unfortunately, this third attempt was a failed one. Again. I got altitude sickess halfway up the ridge and had to be taken down as fast as possible. While I know I will be back and conquer that mountain, and I was sure I was going to take shelter at this wonderful and cute little hut, I recently found out it is now gone. As they said on 14ers.com: "Looks like the big bad wolf huffed and puffed."
|Damn you wind|
There will forever be a special place in my heart for this cute lil home that warmed me and my heart up.