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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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This climb and ski was as rewarding as it gets. I had been wanting to ski the Powell Couloir all season and when Glenn Porzak and Mike Browning said they would join us I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Climbing with my dad is a real treat and at 68 years old seeing him climb […]

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Arrowhead – yet another peak which most people assume is only frequented by the core climbing group… This peak lies to the east of McHenery’s. For a day with good snow conditions, one could conceivably get both peaks. This outing begins at the Glacier Gorge Trail Head and make your way to Black Lake. From […]

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          A week before we had taken a tour to ski powder in the Jims Grove area. That day we could skin directly from the car, however, today a week later the first half mile had melted out. Things melt out quick below treeline in May. So we set off with ski boots […]

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The Spearhead is a climber’s mountain. It sits with a distinct prominence in Glacier Gorge guarding Chief’s Head and shadowed by Mc Henery’s and Longs. The immediate face of The Spearhead is a rough 1000 rise above Green Lake. Sheer rock and a classic RMNP climb. We skinned from Black Lake up to a spot […]

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Back into the Poudre canyon for one more romp. We have been very lucky to be able to crash at Jesse’s place whenever we need a spot in the area. Quite the spot. Static and Richthofen are usually associated with the Colorado State Forest, but their peaks designate RMNP boundaries. These two peaks were also […]

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The Never Summers do not disappoint. This was our second visit to the Holsworth cabins and the Grand Ditch. This time, after skinning up the road outside the cabin site, we made a left and headed south along untracked snow up toward the Baker trail which hugs the base of, you guessed it, Baker Mountain. The […]

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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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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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