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Cirrus

Mount Cirrus is remote. Even in the summer, no real trail goes to the summit. Slopes are guarded by steep loose talus. It only sees a handful of summits each summer if that and most come from people traversing the ridge from another peak. It was the worst start to a season that anyone in […]

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Meeker

No matter how diligently we check the weather reports, they are never spot on and Long’s tends to make its own weather. The night before, we made a call to Jim Detterline, a retired park ranger of RMNP. He reported extremely low temps – lower than we would like to believe were possible – so we approached the […]

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Taylor

Taylor Peak is one of the peaks visible as you enter The Park from Estes Park and thus, helps incite wonder in the minds of most park visitors. Taylor, along with Hallett and Flattop and Otis also create the first inkling of the Continental Divide. The approach to the glacier makes for a great introduction […]

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Comanche

The first time we encountered George, we heard him first. The nasally whine of an early 90s snowmobile throttled to its limit ripping down a well worn path somewhere off in the forest resonated as an unnatural and unsettling presence as we had previously been under the impression that we were completely alone. We made […]

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Cumulus and Nimbus

Temps hovered right around 17 as we parked a car and took another up the road a ways to the Colorado River Trailhead at the base of Opposition Creek. The skin up to the Grand Ditch was pleasant and enjoyable. We hardly felt any wind and from the looks of the sky, we were in […]

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Chief’s Head

For the first few miles into Glacier Gorge, the skis stayed strapped to our backs. The frozen compact of an entire season’s worth of snow barely resonated as it had when it first touched down, an unintended consequence of hundreds of others navigating the exact same line day after day. We moved swiftly into the […]

Otis

Months of anxious excitement have finally come to an end, like waiting patiently for your number to be called, ours finally came. with a large storm hitting on Friday December 11th we knew our window was limited and need to get out and start the project ASAP. If the storm came in as strong as […]

ski, skiing, rmnp, colorado, winter, national park, rocky mountain national park, bear lake, alpine, trail ridge road, front range, osprey, dynafit, zeal, usa, america, snow, cold,

Taylor

Taylor Peak is one of the peaks visible as you enter The Park from Estes Park and thus, helps incite wonder in the minds of most park visitors. Taylor, along with Hallett and Flattop and Otis also create the first inkling of the Continental Divide. The approach to the glacier makes for a great introduction […]

ski, skiing, rmnp, colorado, winter, national park, rocky mountain national park, bear lake, alpine, trail ridge road, front range, osprey, dynafit, zeal, usa, america, snow, cold,

Meeker

No matter how diligently we check the weather reports, they are never spot on and Long’s tends to make its own weather. The night before, we made a call to Jim Detterline, a retired park ranger of RMNP. He reported extremely low temps – lower than we would like to believe were possible – so we approached the […]

Hallett Peak

After the first large storm of the season fell overnight, Boulder was caked with enough snow that college classes had to be cancelled. While the snow was just letting up in the early morning, we were already cautiously weaving our way toward the Bear Lake Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Usually packed to […]