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Exploring in the Gore

After the 4th of July, it seemed like the snow on the Gore Range mountains had finally melted enough to go hiking. Every year I explore a new area in the Gore Range and am never disappointed with the beauty and uniqueness of this range. This time my brother and I decided to go to Bubble Lake - one of the most remote lakes in the range.   The trailhead is located at Piney River Ranch and is accessed from the north side of the interstate in Vail, CO.                                                               ...

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Spring Skiing - The Last Hurrah! Part Two: Bald Mountain

After having such a great time skiing yesterday, Anna and I decided we had to get in one more day this spring. Since we were disappointed that there was no coverage in the 'Swan Dive' yesterday, we decided to ski something that we knew was going to be in. We settled on the Baldy Chutes - we had a nice view of the chutes from Guyot yesterday and the main chute was still fat with snow! We set up a car shuttle to make the day a little bit shorter. We parked one car at French Gulch Trailhead above the Wellington Neighborhood in Breckenridge and took a second to the Baker's Tank on Boreas Pass Road: we began our hike...

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Spring Skiing - The Last Hurrah! Part One: Mt. Guyot

Anna has been down and out with a broken wrist for the better part of two months. The worst part is that she missed the heart of the spring ski season here in Colorado. Six weeks after surgery and the doc gave her the okay, so naturally we had to go get some final turns before we hang up the ski gear.  We decided on Mt. Guyot and on Saturday morning we set out from the French Gulch Trailhead near Breckenridge just before 8am. To get to the trailhead, follow Wellington Road from Breckenridge Main Street to French Gulch Road. French Gulch road turns to dirt; continue for several miles until you reach a gate. We began hiking up French...

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The Grand Canyon: Rim to River and Back

I grew up in Colorado, but I had been living on the beach in California for the past 5 months. When the season ended it was time for me to make my way back home to Colorado. I decided to take advantage of the drive home and stop at some of the national parks I had never been to, one of them being the Grand Canyon. I spent two days here and was truly amazed by its beauty. I decided to hike one of the classic Grand Canyon loops: down the South Kaibab trail to the bottom of the canyon, cross the river, and back up via the Bright Angel trail. These trails are located on the south rim of...

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Black, Grizzly Tour

We arrived at the top of Loveland Pass around 7:00 on Friday morning. We decided on a point to point tour from the top of Loveland Pass to Bakerville; we were looking for a bit more adventure than simply skinning the ridge to the summit of Grizzly, so we decided to descend from the top of the pass to A-basin and climb Shit for Brains Couloir. Grizzly (left) and Black Mountain (center) from the top of the pass. SFB Couloir is hidden below the summit of Black.   Once we reached A-basin, we threw on our skins and worked our way through the trees to the base of the couloir. David skins towards the entrance: Getting closer - a lot...

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