The day started off rainy and foggy as we met in the city market parking lot at the base of Aspen Mountain.  We

Headed up Ajax 8koffroad
Headed up Ajax 8koffroad

ended up having a lot of

Richmond Ridge
Richmond Ridge

last minute cancelations because of the rain but still managed to get a solid crew of 6 rigs.  A 2 door JK Rubicon, 4 door JK Rubicon, a TJ Rubicon, Early Bronco, and 2 WJ Grand Cherokee’s.

Ascending into the clouds we worked our way up Ajax at a steady clip and made it to the top with no problems.  The rain continued to come down harder and soon we were up in a cloud and away from the crowds of Aspen’s 4th of July weekend.  We proceeded over Richmond ridge steadily.  Going through the mud and trying to check out what ever scenery was available.  The clouds provided a very unique perspective but did not allow for the view that we were hoping for.

About three quarters of the way to Taylor pass we encountered another group that had come from Crested Butte with a mixture of Jeep’s and Razors.  Nearing Taylor Pass there was snow fields to the side of the trail and the clouds opened up to get a great view down to the Lake.  We embarked down Express Creek road 20160702_114315smoothly and efficiently.

Getting to the bottom the clouds parted and it warmed up just long enough to grill up some burgers and brats.  Because of the constant rain on this trip this was our first chance to really talk and get to know each other without being pelted by rain.  Half the fun of these events is meeting new people.

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