↟ Break Away Tale NR 102 // @theyurtlife
As a Colorado native and avid outdoors-man, I have seen Yurts throughout the backcountry and at many local ski resorts. In 2009 I decided I was going to get a backcountry yurt of my own to use as a home base for adventures throughout the Colorado mountains.⠀

I spent over a year looking all over the state of Colorado, in the fall of 2010 I finally decided on a small remote 1-acre lot at 11,800ft in the central Colorado Rockies. I was able to save money by purchasing a remote lot that’s snowed in for six months of the year, but to me, that is part of the “Yurt Experience.”⠀

Due to my lack of building experience and the steep slope of the lot, constructing the platform took the majority of the summer. But in the end, I gained valuable skills that I will be able to use on future yurt projects. I did some research and decided to go with a 24ft yurt from the Colorado Yurt Company. Because it took so long to construct the platform and winter was once again just around the corner, I elected to have the yurt company come out to pitch the yurt.⠀

It took just one day for a three-person team from the yurt company to pitch the yurt, and it was wild to see the transformation from platform to yurt in such a short period of time.⠀

The yurt, AKA Yurt & Yetis Hideaway is snowed in half the year so I mostly use it in the summer months when you can access it via a dirt road but will still get up once in a while over the winter to do some skiing or snowshoeing and clear the snow. The basin can get busy in the summers with hikers because of the nearby 14er (peaks above 14,000ft) Mt. Sherman but in the winter there are hardly any other people and you pretty much have the entire basin to yourself.⠀

The yurt has come a long way and there have been many amazing trips with good friends over the last seven years. This past winter I started renting out the yurt on Airbnb, so now you can come try the yurtlife!