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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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