Colorado Gets Another Sick B.C. HutBy Steve Casimiro on October 23rd, 2012
Fred Braun would’ve been happy to see the debut of Opa’s Taylor Hut, the latest in the famed 10th Mountain Division system. It’s part of the subset, also in his honor, known as the Braun Hut System near Aspen. Though Braun was a German native, he emigrated from Germany in 1928 and spent the bulk of his life in and around the Roaring Fork Valley. Braun founded what came to be known as Mountain Rescue Aspen and in 1967 took over a growing hut system in the high country south of Aspen. He expanded the system by building many of the huts himself, along with the help of his family and volunteers. The latest is known as Opa’s because “opa” is “grandfather” in German, and it’s the affectionate nickname Fred Braun earned from friends in later life. And it’s a gem: tucked into a granite-lined niche at 12,000 feet, with an awesome view of Grizzly and Taylor peaks. Reservations are via the 10th Mountain Division but know that this spot is no easy skin in; Like nearly all the routes to Braun huts you have to work your way carefully around big avalanche paths. Via Summit Daily.
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