Trip Reports: Winter Camping Above Ouray, Colorado - April 2009
Over the last few days, a late season storm has come through the San Juans in Colorado, dumping almost 2 feet of snow. On Sunday, while still snowing hard outside the weather forecast called for a sunny clear Monday, so I headed out for a spur-of-the-moment winter backpacking trip, hoping to get a photo of the fresh snow smothering Ouray and the Uncompahgre Gorge. I hiked up to the Bridge of Heaven, a high ridgeline 2600 feet above Ouray, set up my tent in the blizzard, and woke up to clear dawn skies. Despite sacrificing two good snowboarding days to do this trip, I was satisfied to get the shots I have been envisioning for several years.