Open Thread, Sunday 20 October 2013

Photo: Longs Peak, Colorado, taken yesterday from Twin Sisters Peaks by Grunt.  Click image to embiggen.


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27 Responses to Open Thread, Sunday 20 October 2013

  1. Some backcountry landslide damage from last month’s floods near Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park and Boulder, Colorado. This slide wiped out most of the switchbacks up the west side of the Twin Sisters Peaks.

    The same landslide from up close:

    Estes Park (below) is getting back to normal, but it is cut off from all access except for narrow mountain Hwy 7, which is in terrible shape. Both lower canyon roads are washed out and Trail Ridge is closed due to winter snows. Hwy 7 is high enough it escaped most washing out.

  2. Harvey says:

    That mudslide looks like the one near Aspen Lodge, right near Twin Sisters. Did you see how things were at the Lodge? I know the people there.

    • Sorry to report this, but the Aspen Lodge Resort and Spa on Hwy 7 was hit hard by this landslide. They are closed, with earth-moving equipment blocking the entrances. The property is in messy shape, but they’re trying to put it back together. I can’t tell how the big lodge, itself, is doing, but I’ll try to edit up a photo for you looking down on the property from above. From above, you can tell that the slide terminated on their property, but it’s impossible to tell if any of their buildings were damaged, since there is nothing left in the path of it. You would have to know what it looked like before, and I don’t. Hang on and I’ll get that photo for you.

  3. Aspen Lodge’s main lodge is visible at the top of the photo. The slide split and went to left (around south end of the lodge) and right around the north side of the property. There is probably additional boulder damage in the trees and buildings that is not visible.

    • Harvey says:

      Thank you very much for the photos, Grunt. The main lodge itself did not experience significant damage. A friend was up there after the mudslide and brought back an interesting story. Hwy 7 into Estes Park was already blocked, so the driver of a big water truck asked if he could park the truck at the edge of their parking lot. The mudslide pushed the truck into a position so that the slide was diverted past the south side of the lodge. One of the cabins has a big hole in it. They are trying to raise money to re-open. One of the draft horses had to be rescued:

      • Thank you for both of those stories! I didn’t know about their plight until we saw the damage when we got up there. Glad to hear that all the employees and horses were ok! Honestly, I don’t understand how it was just mud they had to deal with down by the lodge. Up higher, there were boulders the size of SUVs all over the place. You’d think that they would have been hit by some fast-moving rock, especially as close as their buildings are to the steep slopes. Maybe there was so much water and mud that the boulders were all captured by the goo. Good for them!

  4. Knight4GFC says:

    Fuel for the fire…

  5. Knight4GFC says:

    ‘Most Jews less alarmist, most Christianists go overboard’

  6. Knight4GFC says:

    Dem Rep. Steve Cohen: Tea Party Republicans Are ‘Domestic Enemies’ We Took Oath To Defend Against

  7. Knight4GFC says:

    “Somewhere between 100,000 to 1,000,000 [people] will over the next thirty years get cancer from this accident…1,000 additional cancers a year from eating fish from the Pacific.”

    Radioactivity level spikes 6,500 times at Fukushima well

  8. Knight4GFC says:

    “As if another nuclear bomb has been dropped on Japan and the rest of the world, the MOX nuclear facility threatens the health of all living things.”

  9. Muslim immigrants raped 300 Swedish children in 7 months this year.

  10. texan59 says:

    Major yuk factor. Seems dems have been stealing stuff from the National Archives for a long time. Long before Sandy Berger came up with the idea. 👿

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