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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby wildlobo71 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:54 pm

Aug_Dog wrote:Stash your sixer well. Some asshats stole ours last year. Incredibly disappointing.


True - about 100+ yards upstream.
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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby Jim Davies » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:11 pm

So that's where to look? 8)
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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby Phill the Thrill » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:07 pm

forbins_mtn wrote:Is the train really $83? I just briefly checked the site and can't hardly believe that.....


One reason why we packed in from Purgatory. With a group of 5 we saved $500 - more than enough for the post-Chicago Basin party!
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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby YEONDERIN » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:16 pm

I just got back from CB and it was only $71 if you use the backpacker’s special from Silverton.
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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby Aug_Dog » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:11 pm

While the train is probably more scenic from Durango, the next time I go to Chi Basin I'm leaving from Silverton. Logistically it makes more sense.

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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby Lemmiwinks » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:18 pm

wildlobo71 wrote:1. Train costs are $100.10 from Durango.

2. Enjoy, don't rush this trip. Drive down the night before; imbibe in Ska, Steamworks, Carver, or any other local facility that serves good beer. Crash for $30 in the awesome Durango Hometown Hostel (2 or more, it's $27 per; 3 or more, $24 per person).

3. Bring a six-pack and stash it in the river at Needleton; this is for the trip back.

4. If you break camp by 8am the morning of your train, go and get the train that is northbound to Silverton at 11:15... go eat lunch in Silverton; catch the train back; or...

5. Take your time out of camp, or bag a morning peak; get down to the river and wait for the 3:35 southbound train with nice cold beer from the river.

6 (bonus) - you'll arrive after 6pm; if you can, go back to the hostel for another night and shower/sleep... take off in the morning.


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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby DurangoJenn » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:19 pm

I just looked at the train's website and there is a backpacker's special going on the rest of the season if you leave from Silverton, $67 for adults and the $10 backpack freight fee is waived:

"Ride out of Silverton and save up to $18 on your train ticket, $10 on your backpack freight fee and park for FREE! This offer is available only by phone! Call 888-872-4607 or 970-387-5416. Book now to ride out of Silverton in a Standard-class car at $67* per adult and $47* per child ticket. *Subject to 6% Historic Preservation Fee. Through the rest of the season, we will also waive the $10 freight fee for your backpack (limit one backpack per ticketed passenger) for passengers departing from Silverton!"

http://www.durangotrain.com/hot-deals

Personally, I think the first 1.5 hours of the ride from Durango to Rockwood is pretty blah and not very scenic. I suppose it's more interesting if you haven't ridden the train before. Too many winter excursions to Cascade Canyon under my belt.
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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby wildlobo71 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:40 pm

I'd do that special - I mean Durango is a great town, but if its not part of your priority - save the dough.

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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby Lemmiwinks » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:18 pm

Taking the 8:45 am train from Durango, is it conceivable to get a summit (maybe Windom) on that day that you pack into the basin if the weather is good? Or is that too ambitious?
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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:34 pm

Lemmiwinks wrote:Taking the 8:45 am train from Durango, is it conceivable to get a summit (maybe Windom) on that day that you pack into the basin if the weather is good? Or is that too ambitious?


Its possible, and this was our initial plan, but after the approach we just wanted to eat and rest. Do not underestimate the approach.


We just woke up at 4:45, and on trail by 5:30 the next day and bagged all four peaks in a row.

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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby Aug_Dog » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:28 pm

I agree about not underestimating the hike uphill. It turns into a pretty good slog. The last mile or so will drag on forever.
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Re: Top 5 tips for Chicago Basin

Postby evolve » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:49 pm

I haven't figured out the logistics, but when I hiked out to Purgatory from Chi Basin earlier this month I thought about how fun it would be to float the river for the 5 mile stretch from Needle Creek to Cascade.

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