|Aspen frame the mummy in the Mummy Range|
As we climbed, the weather got a bit dicey, with an unpredicted thundershower hovering over the top of Stormy Peak. But eventually, after climbing 1200 feet in 3 miles, to an elevation of 10,250 feet, we came out into a boulder field and saw the pieces of plane wreckage. Miraculously, the clouds cleared as we entered the clearing and the sun came out, illuminating the pieces of wreckage strewn across the mountainside.
The history is that on October 18, 1943, a B-17 bomber from Lowry Air Force Base in Denver slammed into the side of Stormy Peak at 10:45 in the evening. It started a forest fire that spread into Rocky Mountain National Park. It took two days to evacuate the bodies of the 8 airmen from this remote site. Fairly large pieces of the wreckage remain.
|A piece of the plane's tail section|
|One of the four engines|
|Another of the engines|