Mountaineering on the Continental Divide
Huge Mountains – Alpine Ridges – Tents in the Snow – Snowshoeing – Yurts – Ice Axes
Trudging Uphill – Views to the Max – Learning New Skills – Unforgettable Experiences
Each winter break, the SOP leads a group of twelve students on a fifteen-day trip ascending alpine summits and snowshoeing along the Continental Divide in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Starting in Sewanee shortly after Christmas, we road trip out to southwest Colorado where we will spend our time mountaineering at elevations up to 14,048 ft. After spending several days acclimating with day hikes from 9,000 ft. in Lake City, CO, we head into the backcountry. Over the next seven days, our group will summit three 14,000 ft. peaks (Redcloud, Sunshine, and Handies Peaks), spend nights camping in the snow, and traverse between yurts high on the Continental Divide. By trip's end, we will have covered nearly 55 miles of alpine terrain.