Late season ski descents of Mount Champion and UN13736 on the east side of Independence Pass.
The season is definitely winding down. For most it was over weeks or even months ago. But we always like to keep things going until the very end, and besides, the conditions up high are really just coming into form in May. We may still get out for another day or two before truly stashing the ski gear away for summer, but I thought I should share some of the...
We wanted to go climb a mountain this past weekend, and we were unsure of where to go. We were looking for something that was tall, nearby, and was a summit we hadn’t yet climbed. It was actually kind of hard to find a mountain that fit that description.
Ski descent of the Grizzly Couloir on Grizzly Peak, 13,988 ft., up the Lincoln Creek Valley near Independence Pass.
The last ski days of the 2011 spring season in Aspen, including the southwest face of South Maroon and Independence Pass.
The snow is just about gone from Bell Mountain, which as unscientific as it may sound, pretty accurately predicts when the creeks and rivers around Aspen are nearing peak flow. This morning it was verified. We found further support for the Bell Mountain Theory up on Independence Pass where the Roaring Fork was living up to it's name. (more…)
"It may not be the smartest thing to do," Johnny said, "but I think I want to try." Well, as many of his friends can attest, when given a choice, Johnny Love hasn't done the smart thing every time. But when he called me to ask my opinion on whether or not I thought "it would count" towards his 81 month streak of skiing at least one day every month--...
Running Midway Pass a 19 mile route from Independence Pass to Hunter Creek.
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...
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