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Jun 25 2016

Berthoud Pass to Moffat Tunnel Traverse plus Jenny Lake Bowl 6/11-14/2016

Well this didn’t go as planned. I was originally hoping for a traverse from Berhoud to Wild Basin. Again the weather had it’s way with me. I felt like the entire experience was a lesson in futility. My goal was to do a light mostly solo traverse across the Front Range, skiing as many lines […]

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Jun 16 2016

Watanga 12,375′ Hiamovi 12,395′ Irving Hale 11,754′ 6/4-5/2016 – Exploring the Roaring Fork

After Byers I fueled up with some coffee and had some dinner in Fraser. I headed up to the Roaring Fork Trailhead and made up the 4Runner house. It was hot that night and sleeping was rough. I slept in and got started up the trail at about 10am. The Roaring Fork trail is part […]

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Jun 10 2016

Byers Peak 12,804′ Southeast Gully 6/3/2016 – A Long Solo

After success on James I headed to the Deadhorse trailhead and got ready for the next day. I had planned to go for K Chute on UN 12393′ as well so this day was looking like 14 miles and 7000’+ of vertical. I made good time to the summit of Byers but it was clear […]

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May 22 2016

Byers Peak 12,804′ West Gully & Bills Peak 12,703′ North Face 5/14-15/2016 – Dialing in the Solo Setup

I’ve been wanting to get back into the Keyser Creek zone for a long time. This would be easy if I had a sled but without one not so much. I headed up the night before and car camped to get an early start. In the am I made coffee and watched the sunrise and […]

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Mar 12 2016

Berthoud Pass Super Tour – Berthoud Summit to Winter Park Ski Area 3/10/16

Got up for a fun tour from Berthoud Pass Summit to Winter Park Ski Area. Skied Current Creek Bench, Y Chute, Something in Second Creek, Chimney Chute and Zero Creek Bowl. 5,000′ of descent and about 8 miles covered. All the laps were pow and some were pretty fresh. This is a cool traverse with […]

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Mar 12 2016

“Mt Machebeuf” 12,805′ East Slopes and Y Gully – A Taste of Corn – 3/9/2016

Got up for a morning dose. It’s always a challenge to find some lines that are moderate and offer safe turns in the winter. The East Slopes of “Mt Machebeuf” provide just that; not that we were worried too much about stability this day. We got the little chute up in the alpine and the […]

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Mar 05 2016

UN 12,085′ – Jones Brothers in Pow 3/4/2016

After a frustrating day before, I was scratching my head trying to figure out a better tour. I’ve been wanting to get this line for a while and just needed the snowpack we have right now. The northeast aspect protected and trees cached the 6″ we’ve recently gotten. The higher winds just added to the […]

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Mar 05 2016

Woods Mtn 12,940′ Watrous Bowl & “Mt Machebeuf” Y Not Gully 3/3/2016 – I Need Wax – Playoff Basketball

Met up with Justin at the Blue Moon and we headed to the trailhead separately; I needed to get back to Denver for my son’s playoff game after. We met again at Herman Gulch and got ready. The skin up into Watrous Gulch was easy and we got a nice look at the base 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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