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“Peak H” Straight Arrow: A Righteous Couloir

Making an attempt to keep the streak of long, but iconic Gore slogs going, sights were set on the elusive Straight Arrow Couloir off Peak H. Sadly enough, the easiest way to approach and ski this line is from the Booth Falls TH in Central Vail, since Piney is snow covered late in to the summer and Black Creek is, well, no explanation really necessary there. Nonetheless, we were salivating for another Bone Tomahawking cause Peak N a few weekends earlier wasn’t painful enough. Keep reading…

Honeymoon in Hawaii

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Rebecca and I hadn’t really considered too many places for our honeymoon. We actually almost went to British Virgin Islands where my parents had gone for theirs at the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda, but given the tight window we had, as well as other things going on, we decided to keep it within the states. Rebecca had been to Hawaii before – twice. Once to Oahu and once to Maui. Keep reading…

Lake Agnes Loop: Intro to the Park Range

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2016 ended up being a busy year. Wedding and condo sale took up the majority of the summer, but I did manage to tick off a bunch of 12ers I had alienated over the years. Zirkels had been on said list for a while. I admittedly have never visited Steamboat in any month other than the middle of winter. I figured with all the snow it gets, it would be pretty green. I was correct in that assumption. Read more…

Horn Peak East Face: One Less for the Bucket List

I call this a bucket list item for a number of reasons. First, the Sangres see a snowpack like this once maybe every 5 years or so. Second, of all the grand peaks in the Sangres, from the town of Westcliffe, Horn Peak kind of steals the show, and the East Face is its showcase. There’s nothing really special about the route itself – it’s basically a long version of Crystal’s East Face or a less interesting version of Red’s Southeast face. Keep reading…