MounTEN SIN Autumn Weekend

A 3-day social weekend in the mountains for gay poz men.

Autumn 2011 Weekend

September 15-18
(arrive Thursday afternoon or evening, depart Sunday morning)

Shadowcliff Lodge
Grand Lake, Colorado


The weekend agenda looks a bit intense, but all activities are optional and you can plug in where you like.
Feel free to do all of it, some of it, or none of it.
You might just want to bring a book & relax on a comfy lounger.

Activity descriptions are below the weekend schedule.
Weekend logistics and the link to sign-up is after that.

2:00 - 8:00 pm:  Arrive, settle in, relax, nap, take a hike
5:30 - 6:30 pm:  Happy hour in the lounge
about 6:30 pm:  Dinner
about 8:30 pm:  Meet & Greet (with weekend logistics)
9:00 - bedtime:  Relax, stargaze, games, etc.
8:00 - 8:30 am:  Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 am:  Prep lunches & pack for road trip
9:00 - 2:00 pm:  Road trip (carpool) through Rocky Mountain National Park
2:00 - 5:30 pm:  Free time (or other activities)
5:30 - 6:30 pm:  Happy hour outside (if warm enough) or inside by fireplace
about 6:30 pm:  Dinner
8:00 pm:  Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre: "Almost Heaven"
All evening:  Relax, stargaze, games, campfire, hang out ......

8:00 - 8:30:  Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 am:  Prep lunches & pack for hike
9:00 - 2:00 pm:  Hike North Inlet Trail -or- East Inlet Trail
3:00 - 4:00 pm:  Lilliput Miniature Golf (if still open)
2:00 - 5:30 pm:  Free time (or other activities)
5:30 - 6:30 pm:  Happy hour outside (if warm enough) or inside by fireplace
about 6:30 pm:  Dinner
about 8:15 pm:  Bowling at Grand Lake Lanes
All evening:  Relax, stargaze, games, campfire, hang out ......
8:30 - 9:00 am:  Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 am:  Pack up
about 10 am:  Depart for hot springs (or home)
about 10:45 am:  Hot Sulphur Springs soak
late afternoon:  Meet up at the Wrangler beer bust

* Free time activities:
bicycling, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, boating, off-road ATV adventure, napping, hanging out, games, stargazing, campfires, reading, shopping in town, swimming, etc......

Road Trip
Drive through Rocky Mountain National Park on Trail Ridge Road (to east entrance and back). We will divide up into available cars and carpool the excursion. Trail Ridge Road is a spectacular scenic drive “on the top of the world” at 12,000 feet with numerous pull-outs for incredible viewing. Up and over to the East Entrance is about 50 miles round-trip. We will take a lunch and stop along the way to eat. Vehicle admission is $20 per car, but a lifetime pass is available at the gate for persons on disability (bring your social security card). If you already have a pass, please bring it. Riders should offer a buck or two to their driver for gas. More info at:

At various points along the road near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the elk perform their autumn mating rituals every evening before and after sunset. The bugling is an amazing pitch of screeches as the males strut their stuff to attract the females. What these guys won’t do for some hot action!

Grand Lake Lanes on Main Street has 6 lanes, homemade pizza, snacks and beer. $4 per person.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
“Almost Heaven” at the historic Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (in their brand new theatre) at 8pm on Friday. Tickets are $28. Purchase in advance by calling 970-627-3421.
More info:
Almost Heaven weaves together the songs of John Denver to create a uniquely theatrical narrative that reflects upon the country during the years in which he wrote them. Twenty-nine of Denver's songs - including "Rocky Mountain High", "Sunshine on my Shoulders", Annie's Song", "Leaving on a Jet Plane", and more - are rediscovered and reinvented, performed against a backdrop of stunning visual images. A perfect musical to celebrate the majesty of Grand Lake, this heart-warming and wildly popular hit ushers in RMRT's Fall Season.

Group hike up the North Inlet Trail (adjacent to Shadowcliff property) or the East Inlet Trail (just down the road). The hike is around 7 miles round trip and will take about 4-5 hours (which includes time for breaks, time at the cascades or falls, and lunch). Bring a small back-pack for water and lunch, as well as comfortable hiking shoes and gear for changing weather. Note: The group will decide which trail once we are up there.

Boats are available to rent on Grand Lake. Various types and sizes of boats are available (canoes, kayaks, motorboats, and pontoons) and several people or a small group can rent one together.

Off-road ATV Adventure
Spirit Lake Rentals offers ATVs including maps, helmets, instructions, and trailer. For 3 hours, an ATV for one person is $115, and an ATV for 2 persons is $135.
Book by phone: Spirit Lake Rentals 970-627-9288
More info:

Horseback Riding
Sombrero Stables offers a 2 hour ride for $50 (4 hours for $75). Also offered is a breakfast ride for $55 or a steak dinner ride for $60.
More info:

Hot Springs
Soak in the springs at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa on the way home, about 40 minutes from Grand Lake. Outdoor pools $17.50 (bring your own towel).
More info:

There are various trails and places to cycle (though probably not much that is mellow and easy). If this is your thing, bring your own bicycle.

There are various places to fish in Grand Lake. The streams are probably too fast and shallow in September. You need to bring your own tackle and bait. Remember Colorado law requires a valid fishing license at all lakes and rivers.

If you are totally out of your mind, you’ll put on your trunks and head to the public beach in town. Grand Lake (aka Spirit Lake) is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural glacier-formed lake fed by cold mountain streams.

Shopping in Town
Grand Lake is a quaint and small touristy town without being overbearing. All the shops and restaurants are independently owned and operated. There are upscale clothing & art shops as well as more common places for t-shirts and postcards. There are 2 small grocery stores, a liquor store, a micro-brewery that sells growlers, a chocolate & sweets shop, several ice cream vendors, and a handful of restaurants and bars.

 Arrive anytime Thursday afternoon or early evening (by 8pm).
 Depart Sunday morning (sometime after breakfast).
 SIN will have rooms and meals in Cliffside Lodge (the annex lodge).
 A kitchen with fridge, stove, and microwave is available for our use
(fridge is available for meds, beverages, and food).
 The rooms are 2-4 guys per room. They are rather small and therefore primarily used only for sleeping and changing clothes (not hanging out). Lounges and outside areas are best for hanging out, reading, or whatever.
 Shadowcliff prohibits smoking anywhere on the grounds (including cars and parking areas). There is a smoking area a short walk down the driveway off the property.
 Weather that time of year can vary greatly, think in terms of layering.

Room & Board: $139 per person
Note:  This could go up or down a bit depending on how many sign-up.

This includes 3 nights lodging; Breakfast on Friday/Saturday/Sunday; Lunch on Friday/Saturday;
Dinner on Thursday/Friday/Saturday.
Note: Some of the optional activities cost extra (i.e. theatre, putt-putt, bowling).

To sign-up .......... Click here to sign-up

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message for Michael at 303.377.3127 and your call will be returned.

              Cliffside Lodge

                    Cliffside Lounge

MounTEN SIN Autumn Weekend is organized by TEN (Treatment Educat10n Network) for SIN (Strength In Numbers)