Post #57 Lots of Skiing, and a few events sprinkled in between. HAPPY 2013!
From Dec 30th through January 6, I had the privilege of taking some trips to some ski areas that are aren't normally on my agenda....but it was fun to explore. In a week's time I went from Aspen, to Beaver Creek, to Vail, to Keystone, to Breckenridge, and finished with Steamboat on Sunday the 6th on an incredibly warm sunny January day. Of course I enjoyed the standard skiing in Vail's back bowls, which I visit often, and had lots of good powder around Christmas and new year's.
Post #56: SNOW BONANZA! Happy Holidays!
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Vail Valley,
Not a creature was stirring, except an occasional holiday presentation and the giant crystal flakes of snow.........
Yes, I've been getting up on the Mountain on my skis, and skinning up about an hour before the lifts open.......and I've been getting rewarded this week with lots of champagne and first tracks!
My Friend Chris Tomer Calls it a SNOW BONANZA.....CT, what exactly defines a snow BONANZA?
Post #55: Brain Patterning to 14,148’ Democrat via the West Ridge
Sunday Dec 2, 2012.
Snowpack in the Arkansas
I took my good friend Jeff Morgan for an early climb of Democrat’s
West Ridge, a moderately technical but spectacular climb of one of Colorado’s classic
ridges for a 14er. 99.9% of all people
hike up from Kite lake to the East of Democrat, so by taking the West Ridge we
accessed the peak from CO 91 and the 4WD Access road in the upper Arkansas Basin Valley,
and climbed a route seldom climbed but spectacularly challenging.
#54 Black Friday on the Halo-Holy Cross Circuit 14,005' Nov 23 2012.
No Malls up here, only amazing vistas, sunsets and a 16 mile loop!
Since I am so busy today, I'm not gonna put up a long winded story, but instead, show some photos and videos from my exceptional day on Black Friday. I went up and knocked out the Holy Cross to Halo Peak, to Halo Ridge to Notch Mountain shelter and descent via Constantine to the Halfmoon Trailhead.
The loop was an incredible and scenic 16 miles covered in 8 hours including breaks.
Headwaters of the Arkansas River Nov 18, 2012
Sunday was a great day, light winds down low, some snow
up high and minimal snowpack, so I took my friends Chris Tomer and Jeff Morgan
out in the 10Mi /Mosquito Range for Mt. Arkansas’ NW ridge. About a month ago I climbed Arkansas from the East by circling the
peak. This time the goal was a more
direct line up the easy ridge, across a few fun crossings and onto a small
We started at 6am and Jeff was a little carsick cause
he’s not used to riding in the back of a vehicle, so we got going in the trees
after he visited the pine porcelain gods.
Solitude on Snowmass (14,092'), November 2-3 2012.
The late arrival of a weak and dry cold front from the
north meant only clear skies and a lack of snowfall for the first weekend in
November. To our good fortune, Mr. Lynn
Bailey and I took advantage of pre-winter with a rare chance to go and climb
one of Colorado’s most isolated 14ers, Snowmass Mountain.
This adventure turned out to be one of many rewards. Snowmass is roughly 10.5 miles one way from
trailhead to summit. We chose to hike the
8 miles into the vicinity of Snowmass
Lake on Friday
Post #51 KDVR KWGN News Story #14ers
Inspiring story of my best friendJon Kedrowski
's rescue of Jeff Lodico on Snowmass Mountain 14er....and their 1st
reunion after the accident. I still remember Jon calling me that night
saying, "Our friend Paul needs our help....a climber in his group
fell...I'm going up, right now." This is how i've known Jon to be over
the years....dropping everything to help others. He did it on Mount
Everest last May and on Denali a few years ago.
#50 New York Mountains and Gold Dust Traverse 10-11-12
After a long set of days on the road and in the office writing and catching up on things, it was time to get back to what's important, and that always means a big day in the mountains. I ventured up into the New York Sub-range of the Northern Sawatch, just south of Edwards CO. The peaks and ridge I traversed were accessed via the East Lake Creek Trailhead and Dead Dog Trail.
Isolation was the name of the game yesterday as I didn't see a soul all day long.
Post #49 Mountaineering Requires Really Thick Skin: October 7, 2012
Everyone is entitled to their opinions.....and for all you guys and gals
out there wondering, I've just recently had some time to take a look at the criticisms on 14ers.com, as I am usually too busy out on the peaks or on some adventure to be able to take a look.
The purpose of this is to
address some of the comments and questions out there in reference to Jeff Lodico's rescue a week ago today.
Latest Blog Posts seem to criticize my medical training.
Post #48: Credit to the SAR Teams for Jeff Lodico
Lets give credit where credit is due. Jeff is currently in stable condition at Swedish Hospital in Denver. He is improving and getting ready to undergo surgery for his right hand and is recovering from a punctured lung from the fall and a broken arm, and damaged legs. He has an incredible will to survive, and so please continue to pray for him.
I wanted to take the time to thank the Aspen and West Elk Search and Rescue and Everyone involved in getting Jeff lifted off the ledge and to a helicopter.