Alpine Club climbs to Butler Gulch

On Saturday, April 11, Alpine Club endeavored up to Butler Gulch Basin located on the east side of Berthoud Pass. The club ventured through the deep snow and climbed up 12,150 feet.

Silje Hayes ‘15, Janeen Plomondon ‘15, Annika Reuter ‘15, Jevin Austin ‘15, Jacob Jones ‘16, Lizzie Marquez ‘16, Eli Marquez ‘16 and Wesley Donnell ‘17, as well as Mr. Guy Warren, Heritage math teacher and Alpine club sponsor, made the journey together.

“There was snow surrounding the mountain, so we were required to wear snowshoes, and it was physically draining trying to keep balance as it got steeper. The hike was tougher than normal because of the snow and the trail, but at the top of the mountain there was a beautiful view of the horizon around us,” says L. Marquez.

The club started the hike around 7am and it took five hours to complete.

“It was the first time some of us had gone snowshoeing and we fell down quite a bit, but it was definitely worth it. Mr. Warren taught us a basic avalanche test to see how stable the snow is. It was exhausting, but the weather and the mountains were beautiful,” says Plomondon.

Alpine Club climbed 12,150 feet to Butler Gulch. The hike too five hours long.
Alpine Club climbed 12,150 feet to Butler Gulch. The hike took five hours long.

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