May 20 2011
The forecast was calling for snow this day. I wasn’t hoping for much but I figured I should stay around and see what happened. I drove up Mosquito Pass Road out of Leadville and camped out. The wind was howling that night and it was the coldest night yet. I didn’t think much was going to happen in the morning. When I woke up it was cloudy. I watched out the window of Chez 4Runner and notice how the winds were coming from the south. They didn’t seem to be making over the divide. Perhaps I could squeeze in a route. Mmmm another solo. I figured I’d go for Prospect Mtn since it was well west of the divide. So off I went. The corn in the South Bowl was a pleasant surprise.
After Prospect I headed towards West Dyers North Face. As I got to the base It started snowing really hard. I had to put on a neck warmer to protect my face from the raging graupel storm. I bailed and decided to take pictures of a cool dilapidated building. Then I skied out and had pizza in Leadville. Damn, Mtn Pies has some awesome pizza.
I love it when you’re expecting nothing and end up getting something done.
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