Trip Reports: West Needles Winter Camping - March 2008

Lured by a full moon and a forecast of clear skies, this last weekend I went backpacking for two nights in the West Needle Mountains in the San Juans near Silverton, Colorado. This area is incredibly photogenic; from my campsite on a 12,200 ft ridgeline, I enjoyed broad vistas of the Needle Mountains, the West Needles, and all the peaks of the Molas Pass area.

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Winter Camping, Full moon, Illuminated Tent, Colorado

Winter Camping

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

After hiking about 5 miles on my splitboard, I made it to my destination - a high ridgeline with views in all directions. I was pleased to find a single clump of trees which provided a nice windbreak.

This was a 30-second exposure under a full moon. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Engineer Mountain, winter, sunset, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Engineer Sunset

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Winter sunset behind Engineer Mountain, as seen from the West Needles in March. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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North Twilight Peak, Sastrugi, Colorado

North Twilight Sastrugi

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Sastrugi and North Twilight Peak - March. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Needles Dawn Silhouette, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Needles Dawn Silhouette

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Dawn breaks behind the Needle Mountains, as seen from 13,000 feet up in the West Needles - March. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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North Twilight Peak, Sunrise, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

North Twilight Sunrise

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Sunrise light on North Twilight Peak, West Needle Mountains, as seen from 13,000 feet - March. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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