Tag Archives: Brainard Lake

Blue Lake Moon

Most summers we attempt, or at least talk up attempting, a night ascent of Mt. Audubon.  Some years, it’s amazing and beautiful.  Some years, it’s horrific type-3 fun. The 2015 edition looked good in weather forecast, but less good in … Continue reading

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Pwned on Pawnee-Buchanan

The Pawnee-Buchanan Loop in the Indian Peaks Wilderness is a classic of Front Range mountain running: a 25-plus mile loop with 6000-plus feet of gain, crossing the Continental Divide twice, past three large lakes, numerous waterfalls, and gazillions of wildflowers.  … Continue reading

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Finally, some snow!

After two dry “winter” trips into the backcountry in the past two months, I’d about given up hope, but apparently there is going to be something vaguely resembling winter this season!  But finally, we have some snow up there!

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Brainard Fall Classic

Jim is a little obsessed with Longs Peak.  Granted, there are worse mountains to be smitten with, but every time he comes out here from the midwest, he jaunts up Longs.  Or sometimes Pikes Peak, but usually Longs.  This visit, … Continue reading

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Mt. Audubon in a New Light

I haven’t climbed Mt. Audubon since, gosh, was it really 2007?  This is a shame.  It’s a big, easy mountain, with easy access, spectacular surroundings, and great views and trails most of the way up; it’s a popular mountain for … Continue reading

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November Reconnaissance

Every season it’s the same.  Big things happen in the summer.  By the time fall rolls around, I’m tired and do some nesting and suddenly, BAM!  It’s winter… ish.  I look up at the mountains all cloaked in white and … Continue reading

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Goldilocks Skis Backcountry

A Tale of Two Ski Trips December 27 & 30, 2009 It was the snowiest of times, it was the coldest of times… oh never mind! Last season, I caught the backcountry skiing bug and caught it bad. The main … Continue reading

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