Bruce Stenulson's 2017 Photo Gallery
THE VIEW FROM ABOVE
Photos of the South
Park Region of the Central Colorado Rockies
from a Powered Paraglider Ultralight Aircraft
Below: This is me taking off from the
Lost Stirrup Ranch on the SW corner of South Park on July 14th, 2017 in my
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Below are photos taken on October 19th, 2017 during a
flight along the Mosquito Range on the NW edge of South Park ,and on
over Hoosier Pass into Southern Summit County. [Flight duration of 78
minutes covering 45.1 miles; maximum altitude of 12, 652 feet ASL.]
Below- The view while over Windy Ridge on the east
side of Mount Bross, approaching Hoosier Pass from the south.Montgomery
Reservoir is below on the left.
Below is the view from just over Hoosier Pass with
Hoosier Ridge beyond.
Below: Looking west towards the Blue Lakes in the
valley between North Star Mountain (on the left) and Mount Quandry on
Below is a view looking west up McCullough Gulch with
part of Mount Quandry on the left and Pacific and Crystal Peaks of the
Tenmile Range on the right.
Below is the view from over the Blue River Town Hall
taken at an altitude of 12,652 feet ASL, looking NNE. Goose Pasture Tarn
is in the valley with the town of Breckenridge beyond.
Below: this photo was taken of the north sides of the
high country while flying back towards Hoosier Pass. From the
right edge are North Star, Democrat, Lincoln, Bross, Pennsylvania,
Sheridan, and Sheep Mountains, with the Buffalo Peaks in the far
distance on the southern end of the Mosquito Range. The northern end of
the Sangre de Christo mountains are but a blur on the distant horizon.
(Cool flying conditions above 12,000 feet at this time of year!)
Below: Mount Lincoln dominates this view of
the Mosquito Range just west of Hoosier pass.
This is a view on September 15th 2017 from a
viewpoint over Warm Springs looking west at the fall Aspen colors
on Round Hill in the foreground. The Buffalo Peaks are to the left, with
the snow-covered peaks of the Collegiate Range on the skyline in the
Below is another photo taken on September 15th,
2017 from a viewpoint over Fourmile Creek looking NNW across Foxtail
Pines towards Hoosier Pass.
On Sunday September 2nd, 2017 I flew a flight over
the NW section of the Mosquito range; during this flight I flew to a
maximum altitude of 14,279 feet above sea level [ASL] according to my
GPS's recorded track. Mount Lincoln, the highest Peak in the Mosquito
Range, is listed at 14,286 feet. [Flight duration was 94
minutes, covering 52.5 miles.] Here are some of the photos I took
during this flight.
Below is a view of the Pennsylvania Mountain
Mine's gold mining site.
Below is a view of the top of Pennsylvania Mountain
Mount Sherman on the left and then Morning Star Peak next to it
along the top of the Mosquito Range.
The photo below shows London Mountain as viewed from
the South with the old South London Mine at it's foot. Upper Mosquito
Gulch and the Mosquito Pass Stagecoach road are on the other side of
London Mountain; Loveland and Buckskin Mountains are on the skyline
to the right.
Below is the view to the west from directly over the
top of Mosquito pass (13,186 feet ASL) with Leadville in the
Arkansas River valley to the right in the mid distance, and with the
Collegiate range only dimly visible within the forrest fire smoke haze
Below: this is the view from directly over Mosquito
Pass looking to the north towards Mosquito Peak.
Below: This is the view from directly over Treasure
Vault Peak looking SSW towards the Mosquito Pass Road & Pass
area. Cooney Lake is below to the cright, wlihe Oliver Twist Lake
is to the left.
Below is a view form above the head end of
Mosquito Gulch looking to the NE; Buckskin Peak is the sharp ridge in
the foreground with Mount Democrat in the middle distance and Mount
Quandry peeking out on the skyline behind. To the right is Mount Lincoln
& Mount Bross, with Munt Silverheels in the hazy distance behind
Below is a view to the NNW, taken from above the head
end of Mosquito Gulch; in the center is the Climax Molybdenum Mine and
it's tailing ponds, with Copper Mountain just right of center in the
distance. The layer of wildfire smoke is visible overlaying all.
Below: After crossing over Buckskin Mountain, I took
this photo of Emma Lake (13,000 ft. ASL) which is situated on a
shelf on the south slope of Mount Democrat . This phot was
taken from about 14,000 feet as I was still climbing.
Below is a view looking down across the top of Mount
Democrat (14,148 feet ASL) Many hikers were climbing this mountain
this day. To the left of Mount Democrat's paek you can see the Climax
mine; to the right is the Wheeler Lakes area of the headwaters of the
middle fork of the South Platte river.
Below is a photo taken from above the saddle between
Mount Democrat and Mount Lincoln looking back to the SW with
peak in the middle foreground, and he Mosquito Range
behind. In the hazy distance are the peaks of the Collegiate Range.
Photos below are from a flight on August 27th, 2017;
the flight duration was 102 minutes covering 59 miles. This flight was
started from south of Fairplay heading North to Jefferson, then
north to Jefferson Lake. From there, I headed on up and over Georgia
Pass into Georgia Gulch before turning to fly west into the upper French
Gulch area. I flew on towards Breckenridge ,then turned south and
returned over Hoosier Pass back into South Park to land again.
Below: Jefferson Lake as seen from the west
Below: Looking west from a viewpoint
over Georgia Pass towards Mount Guyot
Below: Looking north into Summit County from over
Georgia Pass; Keystone Ski Area's Outback trails are in the center
middle distance with Grays and Torreys Peaks (14ers) on the skyline to
This photo was taken from above the upper section
of French Gulch looking to the South; Mount Guyot is on the left
with Mount Baldy on the right.
This is a view of the town of Breckenridge and the
ski trails of the Breckenridge ski area and the Tenmile Range, as seen
from the east from a position above French Gulch- (Altitude of 12,541
feet displayed on the GPS.)
Below: looking southward at the northern end
of Mount Baldy on the left; Hoosier Ridge and Red Peak are seen to
the left of Hoosier Pass, with Mounts Bross, Lincoln, Democrat, North
Star, and the lower shoulder of Quandry to the right progressively.
On August 22nd 2017 I flew a flight from south of
Fairplay to the Southwest, circling the Buffalo Peaks on the Arkansas
River side to te west before returning. Flight duration was 71 minutes
covering 41 miles, with a maximum altitude of 12,522 feet ASL. Smoke
haze from the many wildfires burning across the western U.S. reduces
visibility and resolution on many photos this summer; here are three
from that flight.
This is a view west from above the headwaters of
Rough And Tumbling Creek in the area just north of the Buffalo Peaks.
This is a shelving area with beaver ponds; the trail which circles from
the Rich creek trailhead on the Weston Pass road and folows up rich
creek, then crosses to the headwaters of Rough And Tumbling Creek can be
seen in the lower right corner of this photo. The 14,000+ foot peaks of
the Collegiate Range are along the skyline to the west.
Below is a view of the western side of the Buffalo
Peaks taken from about 12,000 feet ASL (The tops of these peaks is at
about 13,300 feet ASL.) Smoke haze to the south of this area was worse
than it was to the north on this day.
This photo was taken from the Arkansas River Valley
side of the Buffalo Peaks looking to the NW; Clear Creek Reservoir is in
the center with the lower end of Twin Lakes barely visible to the right.
Below is a view of Boreas Pass on the right
with Mount Baldy above it, taken on August 20th of 2017. The lower area
just left of center in this view is Blackpowder Pass. This photo was
taken from above the upper Tarryall Creek & Selkirk Creek Bowl
looking north. The peaks of the Gore Range in Summit County are seen on
the skyline in the distance. (I circled over Boreas Pass & then
returned on this flight.)
This is a view of Como from above, looking SW across
South Park with the Buffalo Peaks in the skyline; the tops of the
Collegiate and Sagauche ranges are seen faintly in the
distance through the wildfire smoke haze.
On August 14th 2017 I flew a long flight over South
Park, circling Spinney Mountain on the SE edge of this flight path.
Flight duration was 125 minutes covering 67 miles according to the
recorded GPS track record.
Below: A view of Spinney Mountain Reservoir and
Spinney Mountain from the SE
On July 23rd 2017 I flew a flight across the continental divide,
crossing out of South Park into Summit County at the head end of the
Beaver Creek valley, east of Hoosier Pass. This flight covered 41 miles
in 76 minutes, with a maximum altitude of 14,629 feet ASL tracked on the
Below is the view from over the SW end of Hoosier Ridge looking west.
Montgomery Reservoir, on the headwaters of the South Platte River,
is in the foreground to the left with Mount Lincoln to the left above
it. Northstar Mountain is to the right of Montgomery Reservoir; it's on
the southern end of the Tenmile Range, with Mount Quandry to the right.
to the right in the foreground are the headwaters of the Blue River
which flows north to join the Colorado River just below Kremmling. The
peaks of the Collegiate Range are on the distant skyline, on the far
side of the headwaters of the Arkansas River. There are 5 peaks over
14,000 feet tall in this area, with many more in the Collegiate Range.
Below is the view north from over Hoosier Ridge; The Tenmile and Gore
Ranges are to the left, while parts of Colorado's Front Range are to the
Dillon is in the center in the middle distance with Red Mountain's top
just to it's left and Hoosier Peak to it's right. Boreas Pass is to the
right, to the NE of this viewpoint, while Hoosier Pass is to the SW,
back to the left. I caught and circled in a good thermal in this area
which took me up to 14,629 feet ASL before I flew off to the SW again.
Below: Approaching Black Mountain from the Southwest
on July 15th, 2017; this is the Black Mountain on the SW border of
Below: The view to the ENE from over Black Mountain
at 12,500+ feet MSL; Pike's Peak is on the skyline to the right, with
Thirtynine Mile Mountain to the left. This is the "Guffy Caldera" area
left behind after a large volcanic eruption in the past.
Photos Below from a flight on June 2nd, 2017 on the east side
of the Southern Mosquito Range in South Park's northwest region.
Above: This is the Horseshoe Bowl, located in the Mosquito Range
west of Fairplay.
Above: This is a view of the upper end of the Fourmile Creek
drainage in the Mosquito Range With Mount Sherman on the right.
Above: This is a view of upper Mosquito Gulch with
Pennsylvania Mountain and The Pennsylvania Mountain Placer on
the left. London Mountain is in the center with the South
London gold mine visible on it's left side. Mosquito Pass
crosses the range headed to Leadville just behind London
Above: This is the view from over Park city looking NW
towards Loveland Mountain (on the left) with Buckskin Gulch
to it's right; Mount Democrat, Cameron, and Bross are
progressively to the right.
Above: This is a view cof Alma and the Alma Placer taken
from the west.
Above: This is a look at the Hector Placer just South of
Alma on the east side of Co. Hwy. 9
On June 21st, 2017 I flew a 64.5 mile cross-country flight
lasting 135.5 minutes. (Used 3 gallons of fuel from my 5
The photos below are from part of that flight
which extended into the eastern edge of Chaffee County
and the Arkansas River Valley in the Buena Vista area.
Below is a view from a viewpoint over the west side of
the Trout Creek Pass area, looking west towards the
Colleigate Range. Johnson Village is in the intermediate
distance to the left with Buena Vista and the Arkansas
River visible to the right.
Below: These basaltic intrusive structures are
referred to as "The Castles". They are located to the
south of Highways 285 & 24 just west of Trout
Creek Pass. The Fourmile Recreation Area lies between
this area and the Arkansas River.
Below: This is a view from just north on Trout
Creek Pass over the Salt Works Ranch looking at North
Hall Butte with Antero reservoir in the intermediate
distance, and South Park stretching to the east
Mosquito Range on the horizon.
The photos below are from a 39.1 mile 96
minute flight to the Boreas Pass area on June
20th, 2017. During this flight my GPS recorded an
altitude of 15,130 feet above sea level.
Above: This is the approach to Boreas Pass from
South Park over the upper Tarryall Creek valley.
Above: This is the view from high above Boreas
Pass looking to the NE; Baldy Mountain is
beyond the pass on the right. All of
Colorado's front range is in the distance.
Above: This is a view from high above Mount
Silverheels, With Hoosier Ridge & Red
Mountain in the intermediate distance.
Quandry Mountain and the Tenmile and Gore
Ranges are in the distance.
Above: This photo was taken while at
15,130 feet above sea level. Mount
Silverheels and Hoosier ridge are in the
foreground, 14'ers Bross and Lincoln are
left of Montgomery Reservoir with the
entire Collegiate range in the background.
Quandry Peak, another 14'er is to the
right of Montgomery Reservoir in the
Above: This is a view if the SE side of
Weston Pass- it runs through the vally
below to the left. This photo was taken
from ~13,000 feet ASL on June 7th 2017
Above: This is a view of South Hall
Butte in the foreground, The Saltworks
Ranch, and North Hall Butte in the
middle distance with Antero Reservoir
to the right and The Mosquito Range
and Continental Divide in the
background to the North.
Above: This is the view from over
Reinecker Ridge east of highway 285,
looking south towards Garro and
Hartsel. Twelvemile Mountain is on
the skyline on the left while the
Sagauche Range is in the distance on
the skyline towards the right.
Above: This is a view of Tarryall
Reservoir and the mountains of the
Lost Creek Wilderness Area, taken
from just east of Eagle Rock.
Above: This is a view of Eagle
Rock in the foreground with
Observatory Rock in the middle
distance; lower Tarryall Creek
runs on the right side of this
photo. On the distant skyline,
from the left are Mount Baldy,
Mount Guyot, and then Georgia
Pass is the lower saddle in this
section of the Continental
Divide. Glacier Ridge is to the
right of Georgia Pass.
Above: This is the view from
above Redhill Pass looking
South towards Fairplay with
the Buffalo Peaks on the
skyline in the background.
is a view from over the upper
Middle Fork of the South
Platte River, over Placer
Valley ,with Windy Ridge on
the left, Hoosier Pass in the
center, and Hoosier Ridge to
the right. The mountains of
the Williams Fork Range are in
This is a view of the lakes
along Lakeside Drive in the
Valley Of The Sun area west
of Alma and Fairplay;
Fairplay lies just on the
left edge of this photo in
the middle distance.
This is a view looking up
from the pilots seat at
the wing under which I
fly, The Mac Para Charger
31 paraglider wing.
information on the PPG
Quad which I've been
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