Summit Daily News Column #10 – Mud Season Road Trip to California 5/5/2017

Here’s the latest segment of my column for the paper.

Route Finder: A mud season mission to ski California’s 14ers in the Sierra Nevadas

April showers might bring May flowers, but they also bring us May powder. The last few weeks have been awesome, but they have also been a bane. To me, spring is all about getting up high and bagging peaks — this is one of the few times of the year when I have an agenda in the mountains.

Lately, though, getting up high in the Colorado alpine has been a dicey proposition. With spring storms comes a lack of visibility and heightened avalanche hazard. Goals have to be put on hold — or you can just take a road trip to greener (and bluer) pastures.

ON THE ROAD

Speaking of mountains with better weather, it’s early May and I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Lone Pine, California, having just skied Mount Langley (14,026 feet), one of the state’s 14ers. With all the weather back home, the road started to call to me, and a quick check of the forecast at ranges around the West showed me a week or more of high pressure for the Sierra Nevadas. (It also showed a week of snow back home in Summit.)

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