Securing some early morning fresh lines in Vail.
Mother Nature has been generous in the form of many flakes so far this year. Colorado currently has some of the best snow within a wide radius of the country, with snow-water equivalents well above 100% of average. Good snow year = potentially awesome backpacking summer.
Because of the reasons stated above, I now have over 30 days of skiing this season.
Ripping through the glades.
The first hut trip on the year brought myself and seven other friends to the Section House Hut on top of Boreas Pass. Two more hut trips are on the calendar for March.
The crew headed up the hill. Views of Breckenridge ski resort and the Ten Mile Range above.
Touring through the Aspens. The first half of the trail is well used and seems popular for a quick ski or hike for those in Summit County.
Now opening up into the wide and long while fast approaching the summit of Boreas Pass. We had perfect weather for our overnight, cozy hut trip.
The contrast of a wind-swept shelf.
Eyes on the prize. Stepping into the Section House hut is like walking into a museum. The hut was built in 1882; later restored in the mid 90′s and is now in operation by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association.
A warm haven on the wind laden pass.
About a week ago I got the unique opportunity to attend a “Meet and Greet” with Colorado Senator Mark Udall. My presence there was to lobby and ask about the status of expanding existing Wilderness areas in the Central Mountains of the state. Udall himself proposed the Central Mountains Outdoor Heritage Act, which is and has been open for public comment. Not only did I get to meet Udall, but I also got to share my opinions and ideas with many local politicians.
Kelly and I decided to make a mid-February skin up to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse for an evening dinner.
The Cookhouse is a very unique set up, offering a high-end kitchen inside of a yurt.
Now with a small lull in snow, and temperatures very much above freezing; I begin to turn my thoughts to my real passion in backpacking. I have a few trips I’m working to plan for spring and summer. I begin to work over my gear list and potential upgrades. But for now I’ll continue to enjoy the solid winter I’m blessed to be having.