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Old 01-31-2008, 09:34 PM
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Default *Fourth Annual Ghost Town Run!* July 19th & 20, 2008

It is time again to plan for one of the most exciting runs of the year! The Ghost Town Run! This year marks the fourth annual run, and we intend to make it another great one!
We are going to re-trace our roots, and re-run the very first GTR route again. We will start out meeting either at the Geocut at the Morrison exit off of I-70, where the convoy will begin, or in Johnson Village(Just south of Buena Vista at the intersection of US40 and US285) on Saturday, July 19th 2008.

This is an overnight trip and we will camp in the Middle Quartz Campground where, during the original run in 2005, we had the entire CG to ourselves. We end up visiting the towns of Tincup, St Elmo, and Pitkin, and going over passes such as Hancock, Tincup and Cumberland. We also make that awesome trip to the west portal of the Alpine tunnel, which was once the nations highest railroad tunnels that also crossed the continental divide. Originally part of the Denver South Park & Pacific railroad, it was an engineering feat that still holds awe and imagination for all generations.

We will be looking to camp friday night in the campground for those folks interested, and then meeting everyone at the truckstop in Johnson Village on saturday morning.

If the camping situation is the same as the first year, we will have plenty of camping spots. Please stay tuned for more details, and post up if you, your families and dogs are going to make it!!

Plus we might be the subject of a very famous author's book--But don't let that out just yet!
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:00 PM
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sweet! i hope to be in.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:39 AM
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That should work for me and mine. Mebbe even a couple young Shelties! If current experience is any indication, the fun factor will be multiplied.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:46 AM
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Nathaniel - how do the logistics work for bringing campers? Are you camping in the same campground Friday, doing the run then going back to the campground and leaving for Home Sunday?
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Just put this on the calendar...just me, looking for a run to bring the family, but she will be about 8 months pregnant for this trip!!!

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+1 on whether a popup camper would work. FWIW, I do believe I could tow a camper over Hancock and Tincup. Never done Cumberland.
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Ooo...ahhh...
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Old 02-01-2008, 09:18 AM
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Nathaniel - how do the logistics work for bringing campers? Are you camping in the same campground Friday, doing the run then going back to the campground and leaving for Home Sunday?
Campers would do ok, but the CG is not overwhelmed with large spaces. Yes, same CG for both Friday and Saturday. **The run itself is just an overnight on Saturday. ** Some of us like to go up the night before, but that means that we are up early to meet eveyone else on Saturday morning. The good thing about the CG is that it is not easily accessable to the Geo Tracker folks, and there are many spaeces just outside the CG "proper" that we used the first trip that were technically "primitive" spaces. The CG itself is is just south of CO 839 which is the road that leads from Pitkin to the west portal of the Alpine Tunnel. The road is actually CO 767, and it goes off almost 3 miles on its own and dead ends into a loop. See the link.
Middle Quartz Creek CG
Maximize the screen, Pitkin is to the far left, and the red circle is where the CG is. CO 839 is visible above the road to the CG, and that is how we come into the CG from Hancock Pass.
I will be staging a recon party to get some good detailed fotos of the CG later on as spring snow melts.

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Just put this on the calendar...just me, looking for a run to bring the family, but she will be about 8 months pregnant for this trip!!!

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We will have (for the second time!) our 3-4 mo old with us. During the first GTR, we had Emilee with us, who also was 3-4 months old. It was a chilly 45░ overnight at 9500 feet above sea level, and she did awesome bundled up. Congrats!
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+1 on whether a popup camper would work. FWIW, I do believe I could tow a camper over Hancock and Tincup. Never done Cumberland.
Bill, I think that Tincup Pass is by far the most difficult that we will be doing. Hancock is a close second in terms of difficulty, and Cumberland is everything but paved.
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I'm in if time permits.

With all this camper talk I assume a stock 80 will do just fine?
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I'm in. And it looks like my GF will be in town for the run. Planning on having the 4runner ready for the trip
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