Category Archives: climbing

Search for El Dorado

I’ve lived in Boulder County for 17 years now and have somehow never climbed Eldorado Mountain.  So, naturally, we decided to run up it at night. Eldorado is an 8300′ peak adjacent to the much more traveled but similar in … Continue reading

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Beehive

When I was a kid, my family used to visit Acadia National Park reasonably frequently.   I remember vividly when I was six or seven hiking up Beehive Mountain with my sister (4) and parents.  It was such a cool … Continue reading

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Top 11 of 2011

I’m no great photographer, but I get to visit some beautiful places and take a lot of pictures in the process.  Sometimes I get lucky.  2011 is winding down and I’m in auld lange syne mode, so here are my … Continue reading

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Taylor Made

Taylor Glacier does not disappoint.  Back when I first started doing this sort of thing, I found a list of “classic” snow climbs and Taylor stood out as the steepest of the lot.  I’ve since learned that steepness isn’t everything … Continue reading

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Taking it up a Notch

“Bless me father, for I have sinned.  It has been almost year since my last rock climb…” “Hold it right there, my son!  I think I see your problem.  Nothing to worry about.  Go forth, rope up, climb on, and … Continue reading

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Icy Debauchery

The schedule of events for the traditional bachelor party includes scantily-clad women and marathon drinking; classic male-bonding debauchery. When you’re a member of the elite Stupid Brutes outdoor cadre, you substitute a round of all-male ice cragging (fully clad) for … Continue reading

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Meadow Mountain, Again

Meadow Mountain is starting to become a habit. I did a spring skiing trip up here in April and got thoroughly schooled in the steep and deep. I was looking forward to more on better gear with (nominally) better skills … Continue reading

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The Italian Job

Sesto Dolomites and Venice, Italy October 7-16, 2010 When someone suggests, “Let’s all go to Venice in October and talk about astronomy,” you say “Okay!” When that person is the guy paying both your salary and airfare, you say “Perfecto!” … Continue reading

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James Peak Superstar

What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a happening? What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a happening? It’s been a long time since I did a big, committing, technical alpine route. Time for that to change! I’d wanted to tackle the … Continue reading

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Lost Rat Couloir

Grays and Torreys Peaks I may not be the fiend for mountaineering I once was, but I still feel remiss if a spring snowclimbing season passes by without donning crampons and swinging an axe at least once. Scott and I … Continue reading

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