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Adventurers complete Vail Valley-to-Aspen trek

Melanie Wong
mwong@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Daily file photoColorado Springs resident Jason Schlarb, left, and Avon resident Mike Devloo completed a 40-mile backcountry adventure from the Vail Valley to Aspen
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VAIL, Colorado ” After 40 miles of tough trekking, facing equipment mishaps and completing days of wilderness travel, Vail Valley resident Mike Devloo arrived home.

Devloo, along with friend Jason Schlarb of Colorado Springs, recently finished a backcountry trip that started in Beaver Creek and ended in Aspen. The trip was completed in five days and covered 40 miles.

“It was pretty grueling. It was an endurance battle, and that’s the main thing,” said Devloo, who returned home to Avon from Aspen Saturday evening. “But it was worth it. It’s supposedly never been done before, and to be the first to do it is pretty cool.”



The two men left on March 17, starting from the Bald Spot on Beaver Creek, going through Cross Creek Basin near Harvey Lake, over Carter Pass, hitting Margy’s Hut, and skiing into Aspen. The men trekked between seven to eight hours each day.

Although the weather was warm and snow conditions generally good, the trip was fraught with equipment problems.



“We were plagued with equipment failures. All sorts of things broke,” Devloo said. He broke a pole and had binding problems on his splitboard, and Schlarb broke the binding on his telemark skis the second day of the trip.

While the trip was more difficult than expected, Devloo said the work was worth the view on Carter Creek Pass.

“The first two days were beautiful and complete wilderness,” he said. “It’s being up at 12,000 feet surrounded by peaks and with no human trace.”



The pair documented the trip on video camera and plan to make a short film of the journey.

The premiere party for the film will be on April 25 at Loaded Joe’s in Avon.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.


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