Creation date / 2011 / June / 25
Christmas Day 2010. On the left is Emily Kewley. Fran tore her ACL a few days earlier when skiing at Steamboat Springs (first ski run of the season, alas) and was hobbling around on crutches.
Christmas Eve 2010. Our Anglo-Australian friend Emily Kewley (on the left) joined us for the occasion. The reindeer candelabra is a souvenir from Martin’s trip to Helsinki in the summer.
Mike Walley hiking across Black Lake in RMNP on the way to climb the West Gully, January 2011; McHenry’s Peak in the background.
Gordon Laurens climbing Grace Falls in RMNP on a cold and windy January day.
Rick at the Ouray Ice Park, March 2011
Rick hiking up to Billboard Peak at Silverton Mountain, March 2011
The view from Billboard Peak, Silverton Mountain, March 2011
Rick and the rest of our group about to start a descent at Silverton Mountain, March 2011
Rick hiking up Quandary Peak, May 2011
Rick descending Quandary Peak, May 2011. It had snowed a day or two earlier and we were treated to some of the best ski conditions of the season. 2011 was an La Nina year and the snowpack in Northern Colorado was more like mid-winter than late spring.
John Christie and Gordon Laurens on the traverse between South and North Arapahoe peaks, June 2012
Gordon Laurens and McHenry’s Peak, RMNP, June 2011. We were hoping to climb the Big Mac Couloir (snow-filled gully up the centre of the peak) but the weather was too warm and all the snow was turning to slush. After a rope-length of climbing we retreated and as a consolation prize we hiked the descent route on the other side of the peak.
Kurt Mensch about to ski down SquareTop Mountain, June 2011. Gray’s Peak and Torrey’s Peak on the horizon on the left.
John Christie and Gordon Laurens on a rime-encrusted traverse between South and North Arapahoe peaks, June 2011
Martin, John Christie and Gordon Laurens on the way to Skywalker Couloir, Arapahoe Peak, June 2011
On my way to climb the Martha Couloir in RMNP with Mike Walley, May 2011
Martin climbing the Martha Couloir in RMNP, May 2011
Gordon Laurens wading through slushy snow on the way up McHenry’s Peak, RMNP; Long’s Peak in the background.
Storm Peak and the Grande Couloir (to the left of the peak). Silverton Mountain, March 2011. The previous day we hiked all the way up the couloir (1,500’ vertical) before descending. The colour and contrast in this image have been heavily Photoshopped so that you can see the ski tracks.