Read: The White Tiger and Hike: Ouzel Falls

  • August 25, 2012 · 8:00 AM

The book is: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.
The White Tiger recalls The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, and narrative genius, with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation—and a startling, provocative debut.

The hike is Ouzel Falls (this is in the national park, so if you have a pass, please bring it!)

Round-Trip Length:5.4 miles - 1.8 miles one-way to Calypso Cascades : 2.7 miles one-way to Ouzel Falls
Start-End Elevation: 8,500' - 9,366' (9,366' max elevation)
Elevation Change: +866' net elevation gain (+902' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Easy-Moderate
Dogs Allowed: No

Ouzel Falls drop 40' through a narrow chute and flow under a long bridge spanning Ouzel Creek. Ouzel Creek continues a short distance to a dramatic convergence with North St Vrain Creek, the Wild Basin Area's primary drainage. While the falls are subjectively impressive, the lively riparian corridor through which you'll travel is compelling. Visitors will enjoy moderate grades and miles of stream access for angling and exploration.

Crowds build quickly, so an early arrival is recommended:
The trail rises gently beside North St Vrain Creek to spurs for Lower and Upper Copeland Falls (.35 and .45 miles). Mild travel continues to the backcountry campsite access trail (1.35 miles : 8,860'), crosses the creek and climbs .45 miles to Calypso Cascades (1.8 miles : 9,108').
Calypso Cascades - powered by Cony Creek - fan out across a steep granite cliff. It flows under two long bridges above the confluence with North St Vrain Creek. The trail winds past Calypso Cascades up a north-facing valley wall, passing for a short time through an area stricken by the 1978 Ouzel Fire (2.0 miles : 9,100').

Grasses and wildflowers brighten these once charred hillsides, while young aspen and pine emerge in replenished soils. Downed trees open the forest to sweeping views of Mt Meeker, Longs Peak and the northern Wild Basin Area. A moderate climb through lodgepole, spruce, and fir leads to Ouzel Falls (2.7 miles : 9,366') and a lengthy bridge across its turbulent base.

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  • Deborah K.

    I have to admit that I did not finish this book. Does that mean that I should not hike with you all? I had trouble getting through it.

    August 24, 2012

    • Kristin

      Come anyway! No need to finish the bookk

      August 24, 2012

    • Deborah K.

      If i finish my work, I will. However, I'm swamped, so I don't want to commit.

      August 24, 2012

  • Valerie

    Please reconfirm the meeting location. Also, I have a Parks pass.
    Looking forward to it!

    August 24, 2012

    • Kristin

      Meetup is at Vic's on Broadway by the ideal market. We usually gather in the back of the coffee shop, so find us back there.

      August 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Deborah, I also live in Longmont and am interested in carpooling for this event.

    July 26, 2012

    • Nana

      Tricia - So it looks like we should carpool? I'm in Gunbarrel - where do you want to meet?[masked]

      August 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sorry, Nana. I can't make this hike :(

      August 24, 2012

  • Deborah K.

    I'm sorry, but I definitely can't make this after all. I hope to be able to join you on the next hike.

    August 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Definitely want to carpool! I have a parks pass and live in Niwot so could meet up with the Longmont group. Meeting in Lyons is probably not an option due to the bike race and the festival that weekend. Maybe meet at the 3 Margaritas in Longmont on Hover? or?

    July 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      NP, I can't make it either. This weekend is just not gonna work.....

      August 24, 2012

    • Deborah K.

      Hopefully Tricia and Nana can ride with each other or find other rides.

      August 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Folks - I am not going to be able to make this, wish I could since I did read the book. But wanted to let you know that it is suggested you be off the roads near Lyons by about 1pm to avoid traffic and road closures associated with the bike race. Have fun!

    August 24, 2012

  • Deborah K.

    Sorry Tricia, I didn't see your note. Tricia and Bonnie, Meeting at 3 margaritas is fine with me unless somebody has a different idea. My husband will also be joining us, so we'll have the bigger car.

    July 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Won't be able to make this day. Enjoy!

      August 21, 2012

    • Deborah K.

      I am unsure whether I'll make it now as well. I hope to get work done today, but it is debatable since I have 12 pieces to write. Tricia- I'll let you know as soon as I know.

      August 24, 2012

  • Valerie

    ....I live in Superior if anyone needs a ride from that location

    August 24, 2012

  • Nana

    Hi! The hike and discussion sound wonderful. Hope to see you at Vics.

    August 24, 2012

  • Kristin

    Yep, still meeting at Vics. It is the Vic's by Idea Market on Broadway. Meet in the back, so we stay out of the way of other customers, and be sure to park your car on the street since the lot is limited to 2 hours.

    August 23, 2012

  • Nick

    So are the Boulder folks still meeting at Vics? This is the Vic's on N. Broadway near the Ideal Supermarket, correct? Next door to Boulder Wine Merchant... I live a stone's throw from there so will walk over in the AM. If we need another car, I can easily go home and fetch mine....

    August 23, 2012

  • Judy

    Hi all - new to the group - anyone close to Arvada (south Stanley Lake area) that would be interested in carpooling? I do not have a parks pass.

    August 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also have a park pass.

    July 22, 2012

  • Rosanne

    I have a pass, as well, so at least 2 cars can get in free, yours and Kristins. I agree, we should probably meet and leave at 8. It's a popular trail.

    July 22, 2012

  • Stacy

    I hiked this trail today. I have a park pass. I can bring 4 people with me. Getting there early is very important.

    July 21, 2012

  • Deborah K.

    Is there a specific spot we would all be meeting at there?

    July 1, 2012

  • Kristin

    No problem. You will have to pay to get into the park. I don't think I get reception up there though.

    July 1, 2012

  • Deborah K.

    I know we want to all head up together, but I live in Longmont, so I was wondering if I could meet you all there. I can take up to 4 people who live in this vicinity. It will be more comfortable if I only take 3, but could fit 4.

    July 1, 2012

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