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Ouzel Peak Ouzel has been on our minds for a while now and, knowing Wild Basin, we knew we were going to have a slog of an approach. Wild Basin did not disappoint. The Wild Basin TH can be accessed from Colorado Route 7 between Allenspark and Meeker, the town. You’ll take a dirt road […]

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Austin Porzak JoMon Keelan Mummy, Dunraven, Rowe, Rowe and Hagues, May 6, 2017 We knew we were in it when we started this one. Really, there is not much of a good way to get these done and there are very few access or bail points on this route, so proper planning and pacing was key. […]

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Skiing Copeland Mountain, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 4:30am start from the Allenspark Trailhead. Partners: Austin Porzak, Rebecca Detterline, Vanessa Polcari, Rafael Pease. The first few miles went by quick under the guide of our headlamps. Recent storms left the trees and trails caked with snow. It was the deepest time of the year for […]

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Skiing Lead Mountain Silver Creek Road out of Gould, CO Partners : Jeff Richards, Austin Porzak, Geoff Engel This very unique approach offers a little bit of everything Colorado. It has water crossings, tight sidehill sections, and big views of the surrounding mountains. For these reasons this approach really caught my attention. To get to the […]

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Winter Skiing In RMNP on Mahana Peak. Partners: Geoff Richards, Austin Porzak and Scott Benge Wild Basin in the winter! In January we received some rare windless storms that caked the high peaks more so than in previous seasons. These storms lead me to Copeland first, however, on the summit of Copeland I noticed Mahana’s […]

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It was a slow start for us skiers this Fall. Up until now we had only received a few storms and most of the states’ snowpack has been well below the seasonal average. There was, however, one special area where the early season storms filled the deepest inset couloirs that the State of Colorado has. […]

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Where do we even begin with this one? Fairchild lies next to Hagues, Ypsilon and Mummy and within reach of Dunraven and the Rowes. As the 5th tallest peak in the park, it rewards you with some awesome views of the area, including a spectacular views of the Longs cirque. It’s a great peak to […]

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Every year when Trail Ridge Road opens one can access a fantastic set of lines on Sundance. The approach is as easy as it gets with the north face line only taking about ten minutes and the north face is such a fun line! There are other options closer to the true summit and require […]

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Thatchtop is another one of the classic peaks that sits in the forefront of the Estes Park entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. It shares the skyline with Longs, Taylor, Otis, Hallett and Flattop and it’s north face is exceptionally dominating as you enter the park. On this particular day early in the season, the crew […]

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Once Trail Ridge Road opens, skiers and climbers are treated to a few gems which quickly dissolve into summer. Chiquita is one of them. Located in the Mummy Range, Chiquita sits between Yipsilon and Chapin and is visible from the Alpine Visitor’s center at the top of Trail Ridge Road. Access to the peak is […]

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