Loveland Pass Under the Full Moon

Brett and I thought we had a pretty unique idea when we thought to take a couple runs under the full moon last Friday night on Loveland pass.   We were a little worried on the drive up with the cloud cover growing rapidly as we sped through a traffic-free I-70.  Our caravan set off from Denver at 10 PM with Brett planning to continue on to Beaver Creek after a couple quick runs.  We stopped and switched our very fuel efficient vehicles (Suburban and Monster Truck) into 4-wheel drive after exiting the highway to get up the slick pass.
Any pride we had in coming up with such a great idea for a Friday night vanished when we came to the second turn on the pass where more than 20 cars were parked.  Some backcountry and alcohol enthusiasts had been raging since 6 PM.  The party came complete with full bar, tent, and disco ball. 
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A few good Samaritans of the bunch provided rides up the pass in pickup beds, trunks of suburbans and someone even had a gutted party bus making laps to the top.  We hitched some rides with the rowdy crew and got in some sweet turns underneath the moonlight.  All in all, it was an awesome experience and I’d definitely consider heading back up on the next full moon.
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That being said, riding in pickup bed with 13 other people up Loveland Pass in the dark probably isn’t the safest thing in the world.
-Tyler Grubb

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