With the race behind us, we made our way from Zinal to Zermatt where we would finally be able to make use of the 40 lb. duffel of climbing gear we had been carting around with us. (more…)
A slideshow, some ice climbing in Lake City, and and our first peak ski attempt of the season.
After our run up Quandary's East Ridge we decided to climb the mountain a second time (the next day) at a more casual pace. The north side of the mountain has a seldom visited, semi-technical climbing route called the Inwood Arete that we wanted to explore. (more…)
I guess the 3rd time is the charm. Back in 2006, despite a weather forecast for steady rain, Christy and I made the drive to Middle Cimarron Creek in the North San Juans, and backpacked high in the valley below Coxcomb Peak. We had long known of this uniquely shaped mountain near the Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn peaks, and had it on our list to climb. But the wet weather rendered...
"The park is 100% open!" reads the sign at the Upper Bridge of the Ouray Ice Park. It was an interesting announcement because by January I figured it's always completely open, but just a couple of weeks earlier things weren't so certain. (more…)
The road trip continues, and after our jaunt at the Grand Canyon, we put the running stuff away and headed towards Joshua Tree. In keeping with our plan to prolong summer as long as possible, we made a trip to the desert climbing mecca in Southern California-- something we had long had on our list. Its legendary status as a "bucket list" climbing destination had something to do with it,...
Indian Summer has made an impressive run this year, and despite the calendar declaring it's time to start snowing, it continues to feel like summer. Nearly everyday this past month has been marked by blue skies, cool temps and dry trails, welcome conditions for anyone looking to get outside. Of course it will all change soon, and aware of the likely arrival of snow and cold temps in the coming...
Because it was such a great climb and since we came home with so many pics, I thought I'd share some more. (more…)
Last April, when warm weather and dusty snow seemed to call an end to the Colorado spring ski season, we booked tickets to the Pacific Northwest and set our sights on some peaks in the Cascades. But when winter made a surprise comeback here at home, we were faced with a decision. We could head up to Rainier and Hood as planned, or we could stick around and try to...
Feeling as though we had done a good job taking advantage of what the Aspen area has to offer lately, and with plans forming for a climbing trip to Joshua Tree and Red Rocks this fall, we thought we'd change gears and hit the road for a little alpine climbing. So on Dirk's recommendation, Christy, he and I made the trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, with the goal of...
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