Earlier this winter, we set our sights on skiing up to Fairview Curve inside of Rocky Mountain National Park. Fairview Curve is a lookout point along Trail Ridge Road, which is the main road inside of the park leading up to the Alpine Center. Last winter, we snowshoed up to Fairview Curve, and it had … Continue reading Fairview Curve Nordic Adventure
Winter in the Never Summer Range as seen from Fairview Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park. Stella and I skied to Fairview Curve on Sunday breaking trail for over a mile to the curve, our ultimate goal is to make it to Milner Pass and the continental divide.
It is patently obvious the 2020/2021 winter will be vastly different than the start of the 2019 season. We all know how the season came to an end in March 2020 with the closure of all ski resorts across the country as they succumbed to the pandemic. While we still continue to battle the pandemic … Continue reading Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Vol. 2
Too many people and too much poop. Packrafts are becoming more common in what were once less-traveled areas, as seen here at Youngs Creek in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. Troy Smith/CC via Flickr Todd Wilkinson/High Country News Mark DeOpsomer of Bozeman, Montana, is a backpacker with lots of miles on his soles. For almost four … Continue reading The ‘wreckreation’ in our Wild Places
When I (Stella) had lived in Wisconsin, classic cross-country skiing was my passion sport - I loved it! However, my love for this form of skiing had fizzled shortly after moving to Colorado four years ago when I noticed the difference between the two different types of terrains. I had become discouraged by all of … Continue reading Fischer Spider 62 Crown IFP Cross-Country Skis
The 2019 snow season kicked into high gear early this year allowing many ski resorts across the american west to open early than scheduled. The 2018/2019 winter proved to be historic in the number of avalanches that occurred in the state of Colorado. But what do you need to know when you venture beyond the … Continue reading Backcountry Avalanche Awareness 2019
For the past four years, we have been driving past the Second Creek Trailhead as we traveled back and forth to Base Camp @ Grand Lake over Berthoud Pass. Repeatedly, I have mentioned to Stella that we need to venture up the trail to see what is hiding up there. Well, fate had intervened and … Continue reading Second Creek to Broome Hut