Skiing the West Face of Thunder Pyramid was every bit as exciting as I expected it to be. Wow.
The massive ridge. With the start labeled, we first climbed south to Len Shoemaker Peak and then followed the ridge as it swung north, all the way to Pyramid. Click to enlarge. Totally psyched and somewhat surprised to have actually pulled it off, Neal Beidleman and I sat on Pyramid’s narrow summit in the afternoon sun and processed it all. It wasn’t that we thought it couldn’t be done. Through...
His Holiness the Dalai Lama was in Aspen this past weekend.
At 13,988 ft., Grizzly Peak is the tallest 13er in the state and a regular on many ski mountaineers spring tick list. Dirk and I found it in pretty good shape last Thursday. [singlepic=13,361,500,,center] Technically, Grizzly falls in the Sawatch Range and not in the Elks but with popular access beginning a short way up Independence Pass on the Aspen side, it feels pretty local. If you put together a list...
This was nothing short of a spectacular day. Chris Davenport and I agreed that skiing Thunder Pyramid’s steep Southeast Face was one of our favorite steep lines in all of the Elk Mountains.
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