Skiing the West Face of Thunder Pyramid was every bit as exciting as I expected it to be. Wow.
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 the years there have been scattered reports of groups completing different sections of this traverse. Our concern had to do with the time and weather. The horseshoe-like ridge is so long, with...
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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