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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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Pointy Things

Michele is the nearly-unique combination of an academic colleague who works on very similar topics to me and a well–matched, kindred outdoors partner.  He’s more accomplished as an astronomer than I am (based on head-to-head faculty job application results), but … Continue reading

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Running high, running dry

Sometimes life gives you lemons and you search Craigslist for a good juicer.  Suffice it to say that I’ve had a lot of lemonade in 2012, especially in the winter recreation department.  The best snow of last season was, weirdly … 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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First Tracks on Longs Peak

Michele and I got out today for a crystal clear, very crisp jaunt on Longs Peak. We’d planned to snowshoe to Chasm Lake but prudence got the better of us.  There were no entries in the register from Thursday (when … 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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Free Radicals!

(Most of) the Longs Peak Radical Slam Many mysteries about Longs Peak have been resolved, but I am left with three questions: Was this a remarkably steep, technical trail run or was it a mountaineering trip in running shoes? How … Continue reading

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