Coffee and Climbing at North Table

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One of my busier days, I decided to go for a short climb at North Table in the morning with one of my friends. It was a beautiful morning, we snagged a 5.6 trad route, that felt more like an 8. … Continue reading

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60 degrees of post holing.

The weather has been amazing, and warm- so Ashley, Scott and I decided to go play in the Indian Peaks Wilderness- near the St. Vrain Trailhead -Meadow Mountain, and St. Vrain Mountain.

The morning started off around 40 degrees, and very sunny- we made a decision to leave the snowshoes at the car…which was our undoing.

DSC_0201The trail winds through forests, into a higher meadow- though the meadow was covered in thigh deep snow… which we didn’t discover until we lost the trail.

IN the woods.

IN the woods.

Spring!

Spring!

We finally gave up our climb when it was over 60 degrees, and the snow was worse than mashed potatoes– we at least got 5 miles and 1600′ of gain…better than nothing!

Taking pictures for you!

Taking pictures for you!

Looking down the basin

Looking down the basin.

Deep, mashed potatoes-- worse going up hill--- at least we were headed down.

Deep, mashed potatoes– worse going up hill— at least we were headed down.

We decided it’d be more fun to glissade as far as we could, though I landed in a bush at one point…no photos of that, sadly.

Miss Ashley  a month before she left for Alaska-- and Scott- who is also leaving soon!

Miss Ashley a month before she left for Alaska– and Scott- who is also leaving soon!

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I'm already missing my backcountry adventure buddy :(

I’m already missing my backcountry adventure buddy :(

Scott knows how to glissaid!

Scott knows how to glissade

We wandered back to the car, and made our way down to Avery Brewing in Boulder….it was nearly 83 degrees when we got there. Ew. BUT Avery was amazing.

Great view of Meeker/ Longs.

Great view of Meeker/ Longs.

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Flat Top and Hallett Peak

I have not seen Sylwia or Robert since last fall at my birthday party– and it’s been a bit longer since I’ve done any hiking/climbing with them. Sylwia wanted to hike something with us- so we decided to spend some  time up in Rocky Mountain National Park!

We decided to hike Flat Top/ Hallett Peak, an 11 mile 3400′ hike near Bear Lake, in RMNP.

Hallett on the left  Flat Top on the right!

Hallett on the left Flat Top on the right!

Usually the wind is pretty strong up at Bear Lake, however we were quite lucky- and the day started out calm.

We hiked up the Flat Top trail, carrying, but not needing snowshoes….training weight?

Weather over Longs Peak!

Weather over Longs Peak!

What a better place to eat lunch than up at the top of Dragons Tail Couloir!? We stopped for our lunch, and relaxed behind a wind break… by this time it was quite breezy.

Cornice!

Cornice, Just below the summit of Flat Top. 

We stood on the summit of Flatop for only a moment before continuing on to Hallett Peak, another mile across the high meadow.

Fantastic Lenticular cloud!

Fantastic Lenticular cloud!

View from the Summit of Hallett!

View from the Summit of Hallett!- Longs, in the background!

SUMMIT, with longs peak in the background!

SUMMIT, with longs peak in the background!

Robert's angels? Me, Cindy, and Sylwia!

Robert’s angels? Me, Cindy, and Sylwia!Courtesy of  Robert LeClair

We relaxed on the summit for a bit, then hiked out quickly…motivated by beer/food….as usual!

Beautiful weather, and great company! I was glad to get back out on the trails– and waiting….patiently to start my spring/summer climbing season!

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