|Trailhead to Betty Bear Hut|
|Myself, Christoph, Chantel and Aron doing final prep before we skin and snowshoe to the hut|
|Getting the trail to look like this is hard work, your welcome guys.|
|Adam, myself and Sean deciding who will break trail next.|
Once back at the cars we loaded everything up and decided to hit up the Glenwood Brewery for dinner before heading home. The first 15miles of the drive out were cake just following the tracks we made when we drove in. It was then that I noticed as I was driving my speedometer was not working, then the ABS light came on, then the revmeter stopped working, check engine light, oil pressure light all turned on. Then the car just died and I rolled to a stop. Josh and Mike pulled up behind me and I told them what was going on, Josh said that it was probably my battery and or alternator that was causing the issue. After a couple minutes the car started and I drove about 400 feet before it died again, oh crap, there is no cell service still and it is starting to get dark. Josh pulls around in front and we jump my car and let it charge for a little while. Thankfully that seems to work the lights are brighter and all the warning lights are off. Knowing that driving the car helps charge the battery and wanting to hopefully make it back to Glenwood to get the car checked out I tell Josh to keep my jumper cables and to catch back up and I will keep going. I pretty much expected the car to die again before we reached the next small town of Basalt. My Subi stayed strong and I reached Basalt before Josh and Mike had caught up. Now what to do, do I continue to Glenwood or try to drive in circles and wait for them. I elected for the latter but missed them heading through town and we were separated as we were getting off of the small mountain road and on to HWY 82 back to Glenwood. So I made to bad choices 1. leaving the only guys I knew behind with my jumper cables and 2 I didn't have their cell phone numbers to get a hold of them.
|Nothing needs to be said.|
Mary at the Cedar Lodge was great letting me charge my cell phone in the snowplow truck on Sunday so that the auto shop could get a hold of me on Monday. They had a nice continental breakfast which helped save me a couple meals, gave me info about the free bus that ran around town and had a computer so that I could access the internet and figure out what to do and let people know what was going on. I spent Sunday lounging around watching a bit of football then took the bus downtown and to the hot springs, not a bad way to spend my Sunday considering what had been going on. First thing Monday morning the Alpine Motors called and confirmed that the alternator had died. Thankfully they had one in stock and they had me up and running and I was headed out of town by 10.
|The route accomplished by the group minus Mike, Josh and myself. We made it about half way to the hard left turn uphill.|
So it may be a while before I can head back out for another HUT TRIP, but it is definitely on the pail list.