After two long, eight-day work hitches in the backcountry, I could not be happier with the work our crew has accomplished thus far. We have completed some great staircases, beautiful walls, and cut lots of new tread. The new trail is coming together quickly and I hope for the quality of the work to only get better. My expectations have been far exceeded both by the quality of work, and the enthusiasm of the crew. It is tough work and hard to wake up for eight days in row at 3:30 or 4:00 in the morning! Especially after being kept up most nights by some intense thunderstorms or the many porcupines that call the West Maroon Creek Basin home! All is good!
We spent the Fourth of July in the wilderness and it was awesome. Very mellow compared to some past Independence Days, but still great. We worked all day and then our co-worker, Peter, who was determined to celebrate America, hiked down to Aspen. He battled through parades, hordes of people, traffic, and who knows what else so that we could celebrate our great country as a group in the backcountry. He returned with a giant BBQ chicken pizza! Not a traditional Fourth of July backyard BBQ, but equally as good, if not better. So thanks Peter for making it happen!