Route: Widowmaker (NW) Couloir Team: ted, Chris Carmichael, Dave Rhodes If you just came off Sunlight, then Windom naturally follows. Less than 1000 vertical feet and about a half mile away, to get one and not try for the other after getting this far away from home is crazy. For skiers it’s even more sensible, […]
Route: South Face (Red Couloir) Team: Ted, Chris Carmichael, Dave Rhodes After a great day on Sneffels, it was time to ratchet up the preparation for next months climb/ski attempt on Denali. We decided to head in to Chicago Basin for five days. We drove to Durango on Cinco De Mayo and proceeded to start […]
Route: South Face to Lavendar Col Team: Ted, Jann Stoeckl In June, Jann Stoeckl and I were headed to Denali with Aspen friends Sean Shean and Brad Smith. The four of us had the month of May to prep for what would be my biggest trip to date. This seemed to fit as preparation. We […]
Route: East Ridge Team: Ted, Christy Christy and I had just started hanging out and I figured why ease into it? Let’s cut to the chase. Let’s see how she handles this stuff. Closing day on Aspen Mountain brought a big spring storm. We had already made plans for Quandary Peak the morning after, some […]
Route: West Ridge Team: Ted (solo) Some of the hardest days were the ones I expected to be the easiest. I thought Evans from Guanella Pass would be a gimme. It had snowed a few inches the night before, which made the approach/ski line, when viewed from the car, to look good and snowy. I […]
Route: West Side via American Basin Team: Ted (solo) Handies was more fun that Redcloud and Sunshine the day before. This would be the last 14er I skied this spring, bringing his grand total to eight peaks. American Basin is pretty high, even with a lowered snow closure. The route up is mostly easy skinning, […]
Route: West Face Team: Ted (solo) I drove solo to Lake City and car camped along the road en route to the Silver Creek trailhead. The next morning I was walking in the early darkness, alpine ski boots racked on my pack with my skis. I hit snow at the junction of Silver Creek and […]
Route: Northwest Face Team: Ted (solo) Having just skied Redcloud Peak, and with the clouds keeping the conditions cool, I put the skins back on and headed for the saddle between the two summits. With some booting required, I gained the ridge and from there it’s easy work to Sunshine’s summit- just a foot over […]
Route: West Flank Team: Ted (solo) Mount Bierstadt is a quickie. When Guanella Pass is plowed, it’s an easy 3 hour drive from Aspen to the trailhead, which puts you at the base of the West Ridge at just under 12,000 ft. You can skin from the car to the summit, and short of losing […]
Route: Moose Gulch Team: Ted (solo) Two weeks after Mt. Democrat and after a recovery from our horrendous sunburns, I decided a solo Bross attempt was in order. It was a pretty uneventful day. I drove near the trailhead we used for Mt. Lincoln two weeks earlier and started skinning up Moose Gulch. I managed […]
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