Updated: Book written about Winston.

Mark Scott-Nash wrote a book about Winston. It is available on Amazon.com and a print addition will available soon. Forty-Demons: The Final Journey of Winston Branko Churchill

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Winston's tent/campsite discovered

On Sunday, August 9th, 2009, after an emotionally-charged but beautiful day of celebrating Winston's life the day before, we decided to get up early and drive from Colorado Springs to just west of Gunnison to hike to the cabin where Winston was found. With hopes and intentions of locating his tent/campsite, which had not yet been discovered by anyone including the Forest Service, Sherriff's department or Search and Rescue, Jonathan and I set out on our quest. Guided by some photo "clues" from some of the pictures from Winston's camera, we were able to hypothesize a general location in proximity to the cabin where his campsite might be located. We arrived at the Middle Fork trailhead and hiked up to the offshoot trail leading to Porphyry Basin. The hike is gorgeous and truly, this area of the Uncompahgre Wilderness is impressive with 360 degree views of the mountains including Precipice Peak. It may be one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on before. We arrived at the unpatented mining cabin (see picture) and this is where Winston's body was discovered on July 2nd, 2009 by two hikers from Grand Junction, CO. We then proceeded to head up into the basin, and as if being guided by Winston himself, we came across his campsite. His Big Anges tent was still standing with rainfly intact. Most all of his belongings were located inside but were significantly damaged from being waterlogged. Pictures below are from the campsite. One of the pictures above is his bandana that was laying outside of his tent.



Jonathan Phillips said...

Incredible. I am so happy that you both had this opportunity, as difficult as it must have been. That is truly a profoundly beautiful place and one in which Winston must have found great comfort. I feel a sense of relief seeing his camp and believing that he did not choose to die, but rather just ran out of time.

Mossy Mom said...

Very sad. I am sorry that you lost your friend. But at least it sounds like he died doing what he loved and in a place that he loved.

J.Clifford said...

I saw many search posters in Lake City that September Winston was missing. I have been monitoring this website monthly ever since and have grown attached. My heart goes out to all Winston's family and friends. I believe Winston experienced life in a way many of us only dream about and may never know.

flattirenotube said...

Long ago Winston had given me many CD's from when he used to play and
unfortunatly throughout the years I have lost or damaged them. I was
wondering if anyone might still have some that they could copy for
me. Thanks.