Colorado Outward Bound School, 1969 – Chapter 1


In the summer of 1969, Karen and I returned to the Colorado Outward Bound School operation  in the San Juan Mountains. I carried a Rollieflex TLR and/or a Hasselblad – both shot 2 1/4 square negatives.

The "billy"

The “billy”

TroutOnGrill

Cutthroat trout

 

CampSmokingTrout4

Smoking trout

Elk Creek

Elk Creek, snowstorm in June

HikingCOBSStudentsHikingTD

Hiking past a mining shack

CampStudentsInSmoke

Back-lit students in the smoke

Hiking

Taking a break

Hiking2

Taking a break

Blister first aid

Blister first aid

HikingCOBSCreekCrossingT

Creek crossing

HikingMapReadingCOBS-T

Map reading

HikingHuddledGroupCOBSTD

At a pass

Hiking on the Continental Divide

Hiking on the Continental Divide

HikingWaterfallStudent#16T

Cascade Creek

HikingWaterfallStudents#15T

Cascade Creek

HikingStudentAspensCOBS

In the aspens

HikingStudentOnLogCOBS

Taking a breather

Elk Creek

Headwaters of Elk Creek, approaching the Grenadiers

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High in the mountains

In the Grenadiers

Climbing into the Grenadiers, from Elk Creek

Mt.StudentTD2

High in the mountains

In the Grenadiers

In the Grenadiers, with the slopes of Arrow Pk to the left

On Trinity Pk

On Trinity Pk. Vestal Pk. is seen in the background.

On Trinity Pk

On Trinity Pk

On Trinity Pk

On Trinity Pk., Vestal Pk. opposite

Mt. Vestal

The Wham Ridge of  Vestal Peak in profile

Mt. Vestal

Vestal Peak and the slabby ski tip-shaped Wham Ridge

Mt. Vestal

Vestal Peak, elev. 13,870′

Rock climbing at the Quartzite cliffs

Rock climbing at the Quartzite cliffs in Elk Creek

John Evans, rock climbing at the Quartzite cliffs

John Evans, at the Quartzite cliffs climbing area

SoloStudent#2COBS

Solo, Trinity Creek

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Solo, Trinity Creek

Bob Bliss

Bob Bliss

Me

Me, in the Grenadiers

Me, collecting wild strawberries

Me, collecting wild strawberries

The following 10 photos are of an early season climb of Windom Peak, elev. 14,093′, for its first ascent by COBS students.

Gary Templin

Gary Templin, Director of the the Colorado Outward Bound School

Windom2

Windom is on the right

Windom3

Sunlight and Windom Pks.

Windom4.0

The Windom/Sunlight col is in the center of the photo

Windom4.5-TD

The Windom/Sunlight col is left of  center in the photo

Windom5-T

Climbing towards the base of the ridge

Windom6-TD

Climbing towards the base of the ridge

Windom6.1TD

Climbing towards the base of the ridge

Windom7TD

On the saddle, at elev. 13,250′. Looking up the West Ridge towards the summit of Windom, 800 vertical feet above.

Windom8TD

Approaching the summit, Gary Ziegler

The following eight photos are of the climb out of Chicago Basin, over the Windom/Sunlight col, and the descent to Upper Sunlight Lake.

WindomSunlight5

From the climb to the Windom/Sunlight col, Mt. Eolus (elev. 14,085′) sits on the other side of Chicago Basin

WindomSunlight6

The ridge from Sunlight Pk that circles around to Mt. Eolus

WindomSunlight10

The col is just out of view, to the right of the paired pinnacles

WindomSunlight8

Sunlight Peak, elev. 14,058′

Sunlight&Boulder

The Sunlight Ridge

WindomSunlight9

Taking a break

WindomSunlight11

Ascending to the col

WindomSunlightColTD4

Descending from the col to Upper Sunlight Lake, with the valley of Vallecito Creek beyond. On the far horizon is the Rio Grande Pyramid and the Window.

WindomSunlightLake

Upper Sunlight Lake

Snowfields north of the Sunlight Lakes

Snowfields north of the Sunlight Lakes

Postcards with my photos:

COBSPostcards#2

Vestal Peak (above) and rock climbing at the quartzite cliffs in Elk Creek

COBSPostcards

Rock climbing in Elk Creek and at the head of Elk Creek

HarvardBulletin2-1970

While I was attending Harvard, the Harvard Bulletin printed some of my nicest COBS photos

Here is the link to Chapter 2:

https://believesteve.org/2016/02/11/colorado-outward-bound-school-1969-chapter-2/

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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