Friday, September 7, 2012

COBS Day 3 - Little Sopris Lake to Mormon Lake

These are the words, as written, of Chuck Lafean, age 16, on Course C-242 of Colorado Outward Bound School.

Day 3 - 9/10/79

Up at 5:30 again. Went up above lake and worked on snow techniques; self arrest 4 ways and glissading. Lot of fun. Then we hiked up to the snow cornice and over it with a belay rope. Colleen turns out to have a phobia of falling. We ate lunch at the top of the pass where the cornice was, and then peaked the left mountain to do some map work. 3-1/2 hours on boulders the 2-1/2 hours on grassy knolls to Mormon Lake. Coordinator for the next day. Some people went skinny dipping. Sleep.

Approximate Day 3 Route
The peak that we climbed took us to around 12,400 feet. It seems impossible, but I don't recall feeling any ill effects from the altitude or the 60 pound pack I was carrying. I guess that is what a 16 year old body is capable of.

We were using external frame backpacks and rectangular sleeping bags. All we carried for shelter was one-man tarps; I don't recall what our ground cloths were made from; some kind of plastic, I guess. For clothing, we wore wool pants, wool socks with silk sock liners, cotton undershirts, wool sweaters and yellow rain slickers. We wore gaiters in the snow and rain. I wore a pair of leather backpacking boots, that though I still have today, I don't wear anymore. Wool and silk were the technical fabrics of the day, silk to move the moisture off the body into the wool, which continues to insulate when wet. 

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