[I originally posted this on Centennialskiers.com, a report from our final Centennial ski trip to Jagged Mountain, #100. We did it!]
On Jagged’s 13,824 foot summit.
We climbed and skied Jagged Mountain, our 100th and final ski descent of the Centennial Ski Project. Christy, Chris, and I, along with our friend Pete Gaston, emerged from a four day trip in the Weminuche Wilderness on Thursday, in awe of a mountain that presented more challenges than any other we’ve encountered through this project to date. It was a fitting final summit, a microcosm to the whole incredible larger objective. read more>>>
A seen form Thunder Pyramid across the valley. the Northeast Couloir is marked.
The stormy spring weather continues, and there’s wintery snow everywhere up high. We recently went to Belleview Mountain, 13,233 ft. up the West Maroon Valley, a peak that Christy and I have been eying to ski for a while. read more>>>
[I originally posted this on Centennialskiers.com, a report from our ski trip to Pigeon and Turret peaks.]
On Turret’s summit.
We sat on the tracks and waited. In all of our trips to the Weminuche Wilderness we’ve never seen the train run late. Ideas were floated as to what could explain the delay— rockfall or a mudslide that blocked the tracks seemed the most plausible explanation. But as our patience got tested, the notion that maybe a “zombie apocalypse” occurred while we were away became the most entertaining scenario to consider. We pondered the decisions that would have to be made in that event. We would stay where we were, in the little outpost of Needleton. Ian said we could likely hold off the zombies at the bridge. read more>>>
Joey skis the top of the North Couloir on Potosi Peak while Christy watches from above.
Potosi Peak, 13,786 feet, is at the east end of the Sneffels Range. Its flat summit is unique for the area and stands out when seen among a sea of jagged San Juan peaks. From most vantage points it would appear that skiing from the summit wouldn’t be possible, but somewhat hidden from view is a steep, north-facing couloir, one that is pretty tough to get to, but well worth the trip. read more>>>
On the summit of Mount Raoul, 13,803 ft. Castle Peak is the high summit in the distance.
Christy, Joey, and I skied Mount Raoul last weekend, a local summit just west of Castle Peak named in honor of the late Raoul Wille. read more>>>
Christy drops in for the third ski of the tour.
They’re right in our backyard yet somehow Christy and I had never skied Taylor Peak or Star Peak. It was time.
We caught a really good view of the 13,000 foot summits last week on our flight to CB for the Grand Traverse. Armed with a couple of photos and a good idea of the terrain having skied up in the Ashcroft area for so many years, we finally went out to get them checked off the list. read more>>>