Well maybe it’s not a true “Dawn Patrol,” by its strict definition at least. But it is Friday and with the approaching summer solstice only 10 days away it’s not really necessary to get moving in the dark, and because it was completed before Christy went into work, we’re filing it under the title above.
The weather lately has been unusual to say the least, with unseasonably cold temperatures and rain that sometimes seems to fall all day long. The road bikers, rock climbers and other sun loving types have been pretty cranky and others are just wondering when summer will arrive. Though it’s been nice for running, keeping things cool enough to allow for a mid-day jaunt when it’s normally too hot for my liking, even a cold weather lover like myself realizes the combo of cold temps, clouds and rain need to pass to allow things to dry out.
Friday’s forecast showed a potential break in the pattern and since a lot of the rain we’ve had in town was falling up high as snow, we thought it might be fun to go see first hand if there was any June powder. There was quite a bit.
- drive to Upper Lost Man Traihead ~30 minutes
- hike and skin up the valley to the ski ~90 minutes
- transition for the descent ~10 minutes
- and back to truck ~20 minutes
- drive back home ~25 minutes
Add it all up and it meant that by leaving Aspen at 6AM (well after first light), Christy had about five minutes from when we got back (~8:55) to get ready and make the short walk to work by 9. No problem.
TGIF and hopefully the nicer weather is here to stay.
Looks like I should have continued the forecast into the summer. Great work on finding the pow! Now I don’t know what to do…ski, or chase tornadoes. Problems, tough problems…
You Dogs! How could you leave your third partner out??
Joel- Still good up there for sure so you should ski, the tornadoes can wait. The funny thing is that everything looks better than a month ago, more white at least.
Sorry Dirk, it was kind of last minute. You wouldn’t have liked it anyway. 😉
NICE photos ted! With a haircut at lunch, no one will ever guess I was skiing this morning. Thanks for the breakfast burrito/coffee delivery!
Caw caw. Big papi sends his regards…
A little different than the morning workout here ! Enjoy !
Dirk, do I sense a little FOMO??
Looks like it was in fact ALO… (Actually Left Out).
Hmmm…. flying in this evening after being gone for ten days revealed a LOT MORE white then before I left. Hmmm. I thought I was done skiing but the photos just look to good to be done. I’m glad you guys hit it perfectly – I skied the worst snow ever in that same area just a few weeks ago…
Neal, you couldn’t help but check out what’s been going on while you were away, right? Good to see you on the plane today.
ALO indeed. Sometimes that’s just how it goes.
We might head up again mid week, I guess I better call Dirk or he might develop a complex.
Geissler??Looks like it was pretty darn nice.Kudos on the Bighorn 50 to you,christy and kathy!!