Christy climbing Gold Hill.
The 2013 Elk Mountains Grand Traverse was this past weekend. As our last race of the season, we were thrilled to finish well– Christy was the first female to cross the line and we nabbed the top spot in the Coed Division. And after twelve finishes here (six as a team), our time of 9:55 was the fastest we’ve done together, and PR for Christy.
It’s just different up on Chair. For whatever reason, its location– between McClure, Kebler, and Schofield passes– seems to draw several times more snow than nearby mountains. I probed around high in the basin and measured 300cm , almost three times what we have in Aspen.
Christy, Joey, and I joined Al and Ruthie up at their cabin recently and we had our first full touring weekend of the winter. Even if the stability wasn’t good enough to ski some of the big lines, it was such a great couple of days of skinning and skiing. read more>>>
Just an overview, the map misses much of the detail unfortunately. Click to enlarge.
Neal jokingly referred to it as the “Outward Bound Course in a Day” loop. I’m not exactly sure how long it is, but our estimates put it in the 40-mile range. It had 11,000+ vertical feet climbed over five passes and it took all day (about 12 hours with stops). read more>>>
Chase and Christy take off down to Snowmass Creek. Snowmass Mountain looks to have the snow cover more typical of August.
One silver lining of a light winter is that the summer routes on the peaks and the trails are clear of snow earlier than usual. Christy, Chase Edgerton, and I ran the Four Pass Loop last Saturday, about a month or so before we’ve been able to do it in year’s past. read more>>>
Christy skis down the Southeast face of Mount Hayden on a perfect bluebird day. Thanks for the pics, Anda!
The abbreviated backcountry ski season keeps going. These photos are from a ski outing that Christy, Anda, and I recently made to Hayden Peak and South Hayden. read more>>>
Easter eggs on the summit?
On Easter Sunday, we skied a line off of a local unnamed summit that neither Christy nor I have been to before. Like a lot of 13ers in the state, this 13,500+ foot summit has never been given an official name. Since we were looking to do something novel and fun on Easter Sunday, we decided the mountain deserved a more proper designation. We took the liberty of renaming the peak for the day in honor of the holiday and enjoyed the Southeast Face of Easter Bunny Peak. read more>>>