View Full Version : 15th Annual Ouray Labor Day Weekend Run

08-29-2013, 10:06 PM
So I totaled up the 5 years (can't really believe it's been that long... but its true) that me and Idelle have been putting this run together and I know the Millers did it for 10 years before that. So we're calling it the 15th Annual! :eek:

We left Wednesday to get an early start and camped at Rowdy Lake near Silver Jack Reservoir. Idelle first spotted a Bull Moose on the way into the campsite (couldn't get a decent pic) but that was a great start. There were moose tracks all over the camping area too. Pic of the tracks and the camping area below.

We headed into the 4J later Thursday. Planning to pre-run Black Bear/Imogene and Poughkeepsie tomorrow.

Like no place on earth!

08-30-2013, 01:24 AM
My first Ouray club trip and I'm not packing light.... I'm packing IPA, Saison, Disconnected Red, and Thrashhard Biere De Garde. Will that work for the potluck?

08-30-2013, 08:49 AM
Awesome! You can drop that at Hillside Space #3, 4J Campground, Ouray, CO!:D

08-30-2013, 12:03 PM
Awesome! You can drop that at Hillside Space #3, 4J Campground, Ouray, CO!:D


08-31-2013, 10:42 PM
There is a story here.....

08-31-2013, 11:11 PM
Outstanding weekend, wish we could have seen it through but duty calls on Monday....Great job driving on the run today guys and gals, keep gettin' jiggy with it!!! http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/01/matypunu.jpg

09-02-2013, 12:07 PM
Our thanks to Dave for another great event and for Travis leading on Poughkeepsie Gulch.

Sarah and I joined Andrew and Travis for Poughkeepsie Gulch on Saturday. It was a fun day.

There is a spot that has been giving people trouble. I saw Travis try and end up using a winch point. So I saw a potential other line to the left. Half way up I changed my plan of attack (mistake) and went more to the left (even though Sarah suggested the other way) I slid a bit to left and my drivers side went down putting me at an uncomfortable angle, so I backed off and the angle became worse. I might have been able to back down, but Travis being the perfect Trail leader decided I should hook my winch to the winch point and he put a strap on my slider should I slip more to the left.

First shot is trying the line and then the recovery

BUT THEN, I made it up the regular spot without needing to be winched. So did Sarah. Both 100's made it up and the 80's needed a winch:D But in fairness to Travis, he could have made it, he was just being conservative with the family in the truck.

3rd shot is Sarah going up

Big props to Travis for leading and also taking the conservative approach in a situation to ensure no damage and safety of everyone involved

09-02-2013, 12:12 PM
Poughkeepsie Gulch and Corkscrew Gulch were a lot of fun. Here are some shots from Saturday

09-02-2013, 12:21 PM
Black Bear and Imogene were awesome as usual. It did start raining on Imogene which made a few places slick

09-02-2013, 12:24 PM
A few more

09-02-2013, 12:27 PM
A few of Imogene

09-02-2013, 12:30 PM
On the way home saw a spectacular rainbow

09-02-2013, 03:13 PM
Thanks Ken... I'll have to search our camera for some more action shots with the recovery. Thanks for letting me lead one & it was great to meet everyone. THANKS DAVE & IDELL

09-02-2013, 03:51 PM
Still having a great time. Lunching in Pitkin and about to go over Cumberland and Tincup.

09-02-2013, 05:35 PM
Great photos guys. Looks like a great time. Did you stop to talk with Walt the FS ranger in the Jeep? He has a pretty :cool: job.

Man, look at all those wagons! :)

09-02-2013, 08:31 PM
Great photos guys. Looks like a great time. Did you stop to talk with Walt the FS ranger in the Jeep? He has a pretty :cool: job.

Man, look at all those wagons! :)

I did not get his name but I did talk to him and got three maps. He was smiling the whole time.

I just got to 285. Cumberland was easy but Tincup was rough and slow. Fun! But long. 2.5 hours ill be home.


Live sunset

09-02-2013, 10:34 PM
Thanks everyone and great to meetup.

Oh...what to do with Ken!
More on Slideshow on photobucket: http://s1134.photobucket.com/user/source3comp/slideshow/Ouray2013

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At least Sara new what to do:

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09-02-2013, 10:44 PM
Thanks Andrew. No pictures of me going up the obstacle once I moved over to the other line?

09-02-2013, 10:50 PM
Nope, sorry. In reality...you went up so fast and easy I did not have time to shoot a photo:)

09-03-2013, 12:18 AM
First, I'd like to thank Dave and Idelle for ll there work on this trip.

Second, I'd like to thank all the Cruisers for their welcoming of myself, my wife Jen, and my son Blake on our first trail runs with Rising Sun. In fact, this was our first trail run experience in our '94 80 that we purchased about a week and a half ago. We appreciated your safe guidance and wheeling advice/suggestion. We had a GREAT time. I took a couple hundred photos and plan to post them to flickr and share for all to see.

Saturday was a fun run up Governor/Yankee Boy. It was great to feel out the cruiser.

Sunday was even better! Black Bear was a BLAST (enjoyed hitting my first obstacle pictured below). After coming down Imogene, I was anxious to see what the 80 could do. Steve was gracious enough to take me up Poughkeepsie and over Corkscrew... Oh my... that was AWESOME! Learned so much... and, so much more to learn.

Made it up Poughkeepsie without winching thanks to the GREAT spotting by Steve ... Brittany caught it on video... cant wait to see it. I'd like to see an 80 make it up the left most obstacle... Not sure of the names... I went up the right obstacle (the one Steve is pictured going up below). Really enjoyed some of the other rock challenges on the way to the lake. Look forward to going back and doing it again!

Anyway, THANKS everyone and I look forward to hittin' many more trails with you folks! Pictures to come soon...

09-03-2013, 01:11 AM
Ok, here are the flickr albums... I tried to catch some photos of everyone on each run... Dave is a hard man to photo as he was always up front and blazin the trail ;)

Ouray 2013: Governor Basin/Yankee Boy:

Ouray 2013: Black Bear/Imogene Pass

Ouray 2013: Poughkeepsie/Corkscrew

Thanks again everyone!

09-03-2013, 07:33 AM
Looks like a great run. One year ill get back down there. More pics please:).


09-03-2013, 11:13 AM
Thanks so much for putting this on and trail leading us both days - fantastic job! Also, thanks for the great burgers and food, much appreciated. Brit, myself and our pack of dogs had a blast and hope to join the club next year. Thanks again!

09-04-2013, 03:05 PM
So what's the story with the truck off the trail on Imogene?

09-04-2013, 10:41 PM
So what's the story with the truck off the trail on Imogene?

You mean Jeff, aka Pard'!

A moment of inattention and he ran off the edge. He did it in the almost best place possible and 98% of the rest of the trail would have likely killed him and his passenger. Further, he did not try to correct it which would have certainly resulted in a roll, but rather pointed the nose downhill and tried to ride it out. The group worked as an incredible team and Steve safely winched him out. No easy task as his huge Dodge was on top of a rotted tree.

09-07-2013, 08:50 AM
Thanks to all who attended another successful Ouray Labor Day Run!

On Saturday we had 7 trucks on Yankee Boy/Governor/Sydney Basin and 4 on Poughkeepsie Gulch/Corkscrew. The Potluck Saturday night was a fine time to get to know the new folks that joined us too. On Sunday we had 9 on Black Bear/Imogene. They only "event" of the weekend was rescuing "Pard" in his Dodge on Governor.

Special thanks to :clap:Travis :clap: for stepping up at the last minute to lead Poughkeepsie/Corkscrew.

Matt, who only bought his 80 a little more than a week earlier and had become accomplished enough by the end of the day Sunday to make a quick successful run up to Poughkeepsie along with Steve in his FJ Cruiser. :woot:

If you didn't make it this year, start planning for Labor Day 2014! :thumb:

09-07-2013, 08:03 PM

That was an incredible weekend. Thanks so much for keeping the tradition alive Dave! My family had a blast - the :Princess: only squealed once on Black Bear (looked out her window and down at the wrong time)! Cooper did great, too. At 1 1/2 years old he's becoming quite skilled at bouncing around in his car seat. :cool:

We can't wait to get back to Ouray next year! :thumb:

09-09-2013, 10:37 PM
Live sunset

That picture is pimpin in sooo many ways...I'm jealous!


09-10-2013, 12:00 AM
That picture is pimpin in sooo many ways...I'm jealous!

And the :beer: in that 80's fridge was EXCELLENT! Thanks Nathaniel!