Trip Reports

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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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 […]

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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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The Sharkstooth has the distinction of being one of the few officially named peaks in rmnp with only fifth class routes to the summit. The day begins at the Glacier Gorge TH. By now the approach to Loch Vale goes by in a quick hour. It is so nice when the lake is frozen and […]

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The spring of 2017 was interesting – frustrating, if we’re being completely honest. We really didn’t have any major storms and the season seemed to have prematurely expired, then on May 18th we got 4+ feet! Trail Ridge Road had already been plowed starting back in mid April since we had no snow.. Needless to […]

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Alice’s prominence and grace rival that of Long’s Peak. The 1200 foot east face stands as one of the park’s truest hidden gems, only fully revealing itself to those who make the complete trek. The Rabbit Hole Couloir, which is the most classic line on the peak, can only be fully assessed once you have […]

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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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