Trip Reports: Hideout Cabin, San Juans - January 2009

This weekend I joined some friends for a three day weekend up at their backcountry cabin in the San Juan Mountains south of Telluride, Colorado. Situated at about treeline at the foot of numerous high peaks and cirques, the cabin provided a perfect base for snowboarding, skiing, and photography.

With amazing spring-like sunny weather, we spent each day skinning up the nearby bowls and skiing/snowboarding back down to the cabin to relax for the rest of the evenings. In such a prime location for photo opportunities, I couldn't resist waking up super early one morning to hike up a nearby peak for a sunrise shoot.

Here are my favorite shots from the trip. Check out my blog for more skiing/snowboarding photos from the trip.
Vermilion Peak, cabin, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Hideout Cabin

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Vermilion Peak, 13,894 ft., towers over the backcountry cabin. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Skinning the Gnar

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Mike, Cecily, and Aimee skin up a high ridgeline with a rugged backdrop. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Moonlight, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Moonlight in the San Juans

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Moonlight illuminates the high peaks of the San Juan Mountains south of Telluride - January. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Dawn Over Ophir

Ophir, Colorado

Dawn light high above the small town of Ophir, the lights of which you can barely see at this resolution down in the valley floor - January. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Yellow Mountain Panorama

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Pre-sunrise glow illuminates the rugged slopes of Yellow Mountain, 12,933 feet - January. The earth-shadow stretches across the horizon behind. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Lizard Head Wilderness, San Miguel Range, Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak, Colorado, photo

Wilsons Sunrise

San Miguel Range, Colorado

A winter sunrise view of the high peaks of the Lizard Head Wilderness and San Miguel Range, including, from left to right, Mount Wilson (14,250 ft.), Gladstone Peak (13,913 ft.), and Wilson Peak (14,017 ft.) - January. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Yellow Carve

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Snowboarding with a backdrop of the San Miguel Range. Rider: Parker McAbery. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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cabin, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, sunset, photo

Cabin Sunset

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

My friends relaxing in their cabin with a San Juan sunset backdrop. I wasn't intending to take a cheesy "lifestyle" photo, but still I like this shot (not to mention the incredible vista through the windows). Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.