Category Archives: climbing

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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Fandango Fiasco

It started out auspiciously enough; Fabio, Peter and I set out to climb Fandango, a lovely six-pitch 5.5 route on the huge First Flatiron. Fabio and I have each climbed it a couple of times before. No problem… no. Problems. … Continue reading

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Ice Climbing Without Suffering

Ice climbing is only for the hardest of the hard-persons; those willing to suffer frozen toes, midnight starts, subzero temperatures, triple-digit wind speeds, long waits while every other ice climber in the Front Range hacks and chops his way up … Continue reading

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A Sharper Sharp End of Climbing

Last season was a poor one for ice climbing; I only got out twice with a total of six pitches of WI2-3 toproping. As it happens, both of those trips were to Jewel Lake Slabs (aka Overflow). Now Jewel is … Continue reading

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Revisiting the North Ridge

Mts. Neva and Jasper, IPW, CO September 11, 2009 Six years ago, having lived in Colorado for less than a month, I ventured into the high country for the first time. Nathan and I hiked from the Fourth of July … Continue reading

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No Atheists in Bergshrunds: Hallett Peak via Tyndall Glacier

August 29, 2009 Even in a good year, couloir climbing season is done by mid-July and the ice climbing season doesn’t get started until November at the earliest… or so I thought! Perusing Dave Cooper’s excellent Colorado Snow Climbs showed me the … Continue reading

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