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Splendid Solitude

My theme for 2018 (most years, really) is to go out of my way to explore new places.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised, really, at how easy this often is.  Often times, new places aren’t all that out of my way. … Continue reading

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Black and Blue in RMNP

Peter and I did a quick blitz of Glacier Gorge.  Sure, I was just up there three weeks ago, but we had some time to kill in RMNP and he’d never been up there before.  I’m a Glacier Gorge Evangelist, … Continue reading

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Fourth Time’s the Charm on Pagoda

My luck with Pagoda Mountain has been unusually bad. It’s not that Pagoda is anything unusually difficult or extraordinary; it’s a high peak in RMNP sandwiched between the much higher Longs Peak and Chiefshead. I’ve attempted Pagoda three different times … Continue reading

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Too Soon

Happy Solstice, everyone!  Spurred by a need for some skiing on the first day of winter and buoyed by reports of “loads of snow in the mountains”, I went up to Glacier Gorge to see for myself. Long story short, … Continue reading

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North Longs Peak Trail

Plan A was pretty admittedly ambitious for an off-season: run to the farthest reaches of Glacier Gorge, scramble up the Pagoda-Keyboard Couloir, tag Pagoda Mountain, then “descend” via Longs Peak, the Keyhole, and the North Longs Peak Trail back to … Continue reading

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Marching Forth

I know ice climbing is supposed to be brutal and I’m a charter member of our climbing organization the Stupid Brutes, but this is ridiculous!  Wind rocked the cars and we could barely get the up-wind doors.  Visibility was low … Continue reading

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Skiing Glacier Gorge

I had a much-needed ski up Glacier Gorge yesterday. I’ve been up there many times, but never on skis. The cutoff was well-trodden and even the trail up to Mills had seen quite a lot of traffic. Despite the banner … Continue reading

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