Route: Box Creek Cirque Team: Ted, Sean Shean In late spring of 2011, Sean Shean and I skied the Box Creek Cirque on Mount Elbert. This was my final ski day of the 2011 spring season, and the second time I had skied Mount Elbert. By this late in the season, the summer trail is mostly dry. We hiked the route from the South Elbert trailhead in our running shoes,...
With an unexpected day free before we embark on our Bugaboos to Rogers Pass traverse, I thought I'd post a few pics from the first leg of the Canada trip, from a couple of days in the Lake Louise area and the Icefields of the Rockies. It was still winter up there and we were loving it. (more…)
We're halfway through the season, and despite the fact that every major storm thus far has skirted us to the north or south, the first half of winter, and January in particular, proved to be pretty good for backcountry skiing. With any luck, the second half of winter will be even better. (more…)
So Christy pulled it off, she's the first woman to ski the 54 Colorado 14ers. And what a finish it was, not simply due to the fact that her final peak was Capitol, considered by my many to be the most committing ski descent of all the 14ers, but in the various challenges that presented themselves this past season. It may have appeared as though it all fell right into...
The Black Hole. It sounds scary, right? Well, if claustrophobia, freezing cold water and flash floods get you nervous then this slot canyon run probably isn't best for you. But if you've got a good wetsuit, booties and a perfect weather forecast then a day in the Black Hole of Utah's White Canyon might actually be fun. The pics tell the story best. There's a lot of them. (more…)
Skiing the Hourglass Couloir on the 14er Little Bear Peak in 2008.
Bummer. Just when we thought we finished a season without a dust layer, it arrived. Actually, we never really acknowledged the lack of dust. And how soon we forget. With somewhere north of six dust events around Aspen last season(it was pretty bad, read here), we shouldn't have been surprised at all when the suspicious glow in the sky preceded our most recent storm last week. (more…)
Generally speaking, the reports coming in from the Aspen area backcountry are at best, lousy, and at worst, dangerous. Despite the disappointing conditions and eager to get out and do something, Sean Shean, John Doyle and I took a tour to see things firsthand and we actually found everything to be a notch or two better than lousy-- the skiing was better described as being 'pretty OK". So what's 'pretty...
We made a trip to the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park for a little backpacking.
Five of us hit the river last weekend. Even though the Gunny Gorge is in close proximity to Aspen and that when put together, our group has logged some considerable miles on the waters of Colorado, Utah and beyond, only one in the group, Tim, had completed this run before. So armed with five inflatable kayaks and just enough beer to get us through two nights on the 14 mile...
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