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Apr 23 2016

Parry Peak 13,391′ Bear Claw Solo 4/22/2016 Happy Earth Day

I’ve been waiting for the upslopes to come for this one. Finally with the storm last weekend it seemed like the way to go. I had some apprehension though wondering whether the 2+ feet of new would be stabilized but I figured I could manage it if need be. There are so many nuances of […]

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Jun 25 2015

Mt Audubon 13,229′ Crooked Couloir – Radiobeacon Mountain 12,072′ East Shoulder – 6/23-24/2015 Happy Summer

Got up early for some fun after some clear nights. It was good to stretch the legs and get up high. The snow is melting fast with minimal freezing at night but there is compaction and stability to go have some fun; just be off the snow early, or else. The bigger, higher lines should […]

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Jun 17 2015

Mount Flora 13,132′ Flora Creek Bowl 6/16/2015

It’s amazing how much snow can be lost in a week. With minimal freezing just that happened this past week, at least on west facing lines around Berthoud Pass. The Bear Claw on Parry is no longer in from the summit and the line we wanted in Flora Creek was no longer in, not that […]

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Jun 10 2015

Englemann Peak 13,362′ West Gully – 6/9/2015

This has been an interesting spring. There’s been so much weather. It’s hard to justify heading up to the hills to get work done on the next book when I’m not sure if I can get the shots I need. Plus I started back cooking, gotta pay the bills thru summer, unless sponsors wanna come […]

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May 15 2015

Mount Parnassus 13,579′ The Drainpipe 5/14/2015

Got up for a day finally, I’ve been spending some time with family lately and I started back with some kitchen work at Axios here in Denver. Still plenty of skiing to do thru the spring but one has to have their priorities in order. This tour was a little nerve wracking as the freeze […]

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Apr 26 2015

Wild Basin to Brainard Lake Traverse – 4/21-25/2015 – Rough Weather – Ogalalla – Ouzel – Paiute

Published by under 12ers,13ers,Skiing Trip Reports

The mountains lure me with their beauty and their fury. I find myself dreaming of their slopes almost constantly. I look at pictures and maps and dream of ways to pass through them; skiing lines that bring fear and focus to me. Always looking for a challenge I dreamed up a trip to traverse the […]

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Apr 15 2015

Pettingell Peak 13,553′ South Slopes 4/14/2015

Got up for a quick tour yesterday. We had to take the kiddos to school in the morning so we weren’t expecting much in the way of getting lines done. If the weather held we were thinking the North Couloir. But with the clouds building at the summit it didn’t seem like a good idea […]

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Jan 16 2015

“Golden Bear” 13,010′ Southwest Gully and Coon’s Saddle 1/15/2015

With the early January high pressure came a stabilizing of a lot of the alpine. We decided to take advantage of the refresh this week and get up high to play. It’s not very often that you canĀ  ski a 13er in the winter, from the summit. This line was really fun and with the […]

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Jun 16 2014

Square Top Mountain 13,794′ North Slopes and Argentine Peak 13,738′ Southeast Slopes – Cool Clouds

Some days you wake up and it just doesn’t seem like it’s gonna happen. Today was one of these days. I opened my eyes and looked up at Otter Mtn. It was shrouded in clouds. Surprisingly I had service at my camp site though not the greatest, but I could text. So I fired off […]

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