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    TR: Crater Lakes, CO 6/29/08 (many photos)

    I'm starting to get a lot of weird looks from people when I tell them I'm going, or just went skiing. It's summer, they inform me. "Is there still snow up there?" they ask. My response always is, have you looked at the mountains lately?

    Dave, hippy_prophet, and I headed up to the cirque surrounding Crater Lakes, just above the East Portal of the Moffat Tunnel in the Indian Peaks to find out what sort of goodness was still skiable. Lots of options, as it turns out.

    This trip wasn't just about the skiing though. The hike in was beautiful and worth the effort in and of itself. Water features:




    Turns were earned:

    Photo: Dave

    But the views didn't suck:







    Photo: Dave

    There were four or five different lines that were still in, all pretty steep, but with varying degrees of difficulty in terms of entry and technicality. We picked one of the easier options:


    Photo: Dave

    Although there was a bit of exposure due to some rocks and small cliffs below:


    Photo: Dave

    A view of the cirque; our line drops the second snowfield from the left:


    Dave drops in:






    Then it was my turn:

    Photo: Dave


    Photo: Dave

    And hippy_prophet:

    Photo: Dave



    A look back. We skied directly down the middle of the photo, then traversed looker's right to ski the longer apron towards the lake.


    The highest Crater Lake


    Not content, we decided to make it a two-for-one. We had spotted this on the way up:

    Photo: Lacy

    Getting there was a little work:

    Photo: Dave

    But the skiing was worth it. Dave:

    Photo: Lacy


    Photo: Lacy

    Me:

    Photo: Lacy


    Photo: Lacy

    hippy_prophet:




    A great line to top off the day. Back to summer on the hike out:


    Another great trip with great folks. It's been a damn fun season.

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    gotta love that Colorado snowpack, what a season.

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    Rollins still looking good.

    I skied Argentine yesterday and it had about 1500 vert still
    Last edited by KillingCokes; 07-01-2008 at 08:56 AM.

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    nice TR! makes me want to pack my skis and get on up to the indian peaks...hmmmm perhaps for the weekend.

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    Sweet!!!
    The Griz

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalated View Post

    Sick picture!
    Sunday ends with her head in a pillow, ass in the air with me pounding her from behind. Life is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highflyingpilot View Post
    Sick picture!
    Ditto!!!!

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    Yeah, I love that last line you took. Hell of an area up there.

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    Two thumbs up!
    Have fun or get hurt bad. "MFT" A.K.A. Dr. Doom

    There are but three true sports--bullfighting, mountain climbing, and motor-racing. The rest are merely games. "Ernest Hemingway"

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