Tim phoned to say that he and some friends were heading up to McNamara Hut for the night, and that I should meet them up there. I was a bit busy with things, but since every hut trip I’ve been on has been a certifiable great time, I thought I should try to join them.
The decision was actually very easy. Not only was there space still available at the 16 person hut, where dinner and breakfast had already been arranged, but the real deal maker was that the trailhead for McNamara is right in our neighborhood. I could work all day before heading up to the hut, and I would be able to get back early the next day if needed. All I had to do was call 10th Mountain and make the $35 reservation and go.
So that’s what I did, and as I started up the trail in the late afternoon, I acknowledged one more reason why we’re so lucky to live where we do– access. It’s nice to be able to escape on a hut getaway for the night, and in the middle of a pretty regular work schedule.
Fritz & Fabi (which we went to last Christmas Eve), Markley, Lindley, and even Green-Wilson and Tagert all work well for the quick “strike mission” hut trips from Aspen. And if you’re not in a mad rush to be back in town and at work by 9am, you can often sneak in a small ski before packing up, which is highly recommended.