WBO 2007: Crested Butte Camping

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A camping trip exploring day hikes in the Crested Butte area.




  • Erica Gilbertson
  • Grace Aimar
  • Joseph Salzano
  • Joshua Kamstra
  • Kellen Priest
  • Madeline Swain
  • Patrick Knepp
  • Samuel Hicok
  • William Voegeli
  • Zoe Arndt


The 2007 Crested Butte Camping WBO trip was three days of unmitigated sweetness! We all had a rockin' good time in the great outdoors, without the mosquitoes, snakes, and rain that comes with camping in the lesser United States. Welcome to paradise!

We stayed at the Oh-Be-Joyful campground (a bargain at $0 a night - check it out!) a few miles up the Slate River Road from the beautiful town of Crested Butte. And oh, we were joyful, as we whiled away the days, eating, hiking, swinging from trees, eating, and did I mention, eating? We needed energy; after all, camping in style is no easy task. We had no lack of food - there were breads and tortillas, cold cuts, fresh veggies, cheeses, guacamole, chips, Gatorade, and cookies for lunch; for breakfast we gorged on eggs, vegetables, cereal, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and French Toast! For dinners we had a stir-fry extravaganza and a holy fajita buffet, and last but not least, we got our SMORE on around the campfire each night.

The first day of the trip featured a leisurely hike along Oh-Be-Joyful trail, ending with a refreshing dip in the creek. On Wednesday we drove up Mount Crested Butte to do a ropes course with the Adaptive Sports Center, spending the morning on the low ropes, working on trust activities, and in the afternoon we got "high" the WBO way - up in the pines, 12,000 feet above sea level and hooked to a rope. For our last day, we decided to sleep in, eat a big breakfast, relax and take our time packing camp - though we finished the trip with one last hurrah - a short hike and a quick swim in Long Lake.

Although the trip was mostly fun and games... and eating, we took the time to stop and think about some of the more important things in life - like community, courage, and responsibility. We all learned something about ourselves during the trip, whether it was four miles up the Oh-Be-Joyful trail, sixty feet high in the sky tiptoeing across a tight rope, jumping bravely into a frigid lake, or in quiet contemplation around the campfire. We one-upped the old maxim "Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos" when we left behind some of our old selves and took with us a bit of the new and improved us.

We met as strangers and left as friends. Many thanks to our crew for making this WBO a trip to remember - Sam, Erica, Grace, Joey, Madeline, Josh, Will, Kellen, Zoe, and Pat - keep on keepin' on!

- Rob and Pia

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