To Hell You Ride

Back in the day.. and I mean the late 19th century day.. it was pretty difficult to get to the mining town of Telluride, CO.  The mule teams would haul you over Black Bear pass – a scenic but treacherous route through the San Juan mountains.  Today, that route is considered expert 4×4 terrain that should only be traversed by short wheelbase vehicles driven by competent pilots.  Mistakes involve a several hundred foot freefall – and a possible violation of your rental agreement.  Before the town sprung up, the locals would tell people about to set off on Black Bear pass that it’s “To Hell You Ride”.. thus the name “Telluride”!

This shot was taken way above the town on the last section of the Black Bear pass route.  It goes sharply up the side of a cliff with multiple switchbacks ultimately leading to the top of Bridal Veil falls.  This wasn’t the tough part yet – but it had already scared away some larger SUVs that had parked lower and their occupants were walking to the top.

Vital Stats. Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 24-105 f/4L IS @ 24mm  ISO 400, f/16, 1/80 sec.

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