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Trip Reports

Holy Cross
Date: July 25, 2015
Trip Leader: Mike Borum
Members Present: Sue, Marilyn, Dave, Alex, Bob, Russ
Guests Present:
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Description: It took me and Marilyn nearly two weeks to get our camper, jeep, car hauler, dogs, and truck all ready to go. But Thursday morning we were ready and made it to Red Rocks at 7:25AM. At the Safeway we bought a few bundles of wood and then headed for Leadville and points beyond. Less than 4 hours later and some concern when our usual spots were full up, we luckily found ourselves a nice little spot with lots of trees and room for rigs and trailers and tents, near the stream, near the toilets, and near the Holy Cross trailhead. Sue showed up first, and while we helped her with her complicated tent, Bob and Dave arrived. We settled in around the campfire, making bets about when the rest of the crew might show. It was a beautiful, clear evening and the campfire was roaring. All of us hit the sack about the same time, and Russ pulled in just after 10:30PM. But wheres Alex?? The next morning, here comes Alex. Without cell service, we didnt realize all of the travails he went through the night before just to show up. But he made it and we were finally ready to roll at 9:30. The morning was cloudy, but the temp was very comfortable. We hit the trail, meandering through the groves of aspen, spruce and pine as we climbed above 11000. First up: Mikes Rock. If you dont know, our club has actually named it for me! In 2009, I slid off this slab backward, slamming my gas tank skid on a rock and literally shattered the fuel pump inside it. Needless to say, it was humbling to be yanked back to camp by Jims rig that day. Marilyn and I packed up the camping gear wed just set up the night before and went home with our tail between our legs that year. We bought the truck camper later that summer. Anyway, I digress. Mikes Rock was a bugger for my rig. I wanted to take the right-most line, but with Marilyn and the dogs in the Jeep, I opted for a more conservative approach. Unfortunately, a lot of tries and some judicious road paving while too near a beaten up tree was required to get my Jeep up unscathed. Bob gave it the best he could, but in the end the greasy, muddy, wet rocks won out, and he was forced to call for the winch monkeys. Sue, Russ, and Alex took the far right line and had a much easier time getting up. When I told Marilyn why Id taken a different line, she said, Next time, do whats right Mike, even if I beat the living crap out of you afterwards. Actually she didnt say that, but thats what I heard! During this wonderful time, a group of hikers carry shovels and pails and lumber happened upon us. We learned they were students at Colorado Mountain College and were doing some volunteer work on Holy Cross City where we were hoping to make it. We offered to haul their stuff up, at least as far as we thought we might make it. Frenchman Creek was hard on our minds with all of the recent rains. The hikers were fine with however far we managed to get, so we moved on ahead with their gear while they hiked the trail without the load to slow them down. The waterfall ledge was next up, and again, the wet rock wasnt letting my tires hook up. Or maybe I had too much air in them? Or maybe theyre worn out and a piece of crap? Anyway, I digress. Everyone except Russ went around the bypass, but he refused to give up and finally got that red Cherokee to claw its way up and over! Good for him. He didnt have crappy, worn out tires with too much air in them like I did. I mean, its just common sense that new tires with bead lock rims are whats required in most situations like this. I did check the air pressure in my crappy, worn out tires, and they were 3 lbs. more than when I left the campsite that morning. So common sense tells me they really are crappy tiresthey swell up on you just when you dont want them to. When we made Frenchman Creek, there was a group of 5 rigs just getting started across. One of the students quickly recognized that this could be a long day watching these guys try to get across. So she convinced them to let our group go ahead of them. That was a great thing. I entered the water, which was a bit higher than 2013, the year I dropped my passenger tire into the creekthats another story that I shall not digress to tell in this report. Suffice it to say, the club could name it Mikes Creek, and that would be appropriate. Well, I picked my line carefully, kept moving forward, and miraculously made it across without stopping or backing up. More miraculous was when Bob, Sue, Russ, and Alex took the exact same line with the same result. It was without a doubt the first time in recorded history that every rig in our club kicked that creeks a$$ in 10 minutes or less. AMAZING! The rest of the trail was uneventful, and we reached Holy Cross City and dropped our load for the student hikers about the same time they arrived by foot. We took a leisurely lunch, explored the area and then packed up and drove up to Cleveland Rock(s) to see whether we might be able to make it. Russ was the only wheeler with good tires and poor judgment to give it a go. But every line he triedand Im here to tell you he tried every line there isthe effort was wasted. Too much water and mud to be successful this day. The clouds were starting to open up by now, so we turned around and headed back to the campsite and some much needed lubrication. At Holy Cross City, the group we passed at Frenchman Creek had just arrived (almost two hours later my our estimate). Which made our 10-minute jaunt through it even more AMAZING! At camp, the evening was spent dodging raindrops while stoking the fire, passing around several different types of lubricant, convincing Sue she needs a TF999 automatic transmission with a reverse manual valve body, convincing me that bead locks are the best and my tires really are crappy, and solving the worlds problems. The following morning, Alex and Russ muttered something about how much lubricant theyd used last night, and packed up and left. Okay, maybe thats not what they said, but its what I heard. Bob, Dave, Marilyn, Sue and I spent a leisurely couple of hours after breakfast to pack up the campsite and load the rigs. While we were puttering around, we noticed a family of moosemother, child, and dadmeandering along the creek right behind us! Romeo and Doogie took off toward them until they realized how big and majestic these animals were. The dogs stopped in their tracks and watched as the moose slowly walked away. What a thrill that was! Eventually we loaded the gear and the rigs and then hoofed it over to Camp Hale. We left our trucks and trailers there and Bob and Dave led us on a fabulous trail ride up Resolution Mountain, down through Wearyman Creek, up over Ptarmigan Pass, and down McAlister Gulch. We stopped for lunch at an overlook of the continental divide and a wonderful view of Mt. of the Holy Cross, saw fields of wildflowers everywhere, and just generally enjoyed the day with no drama whatever. Finally we arrived back to our tow rigs, loaded everything back up and headed home with thoughts of an AMAZING! weekend in our heads. Mike