Monday, March 31, 2014

Getting Jacked @ The Jackal Hut - Another Ski Hut Trip Adventure!

Each season we try to get a couple ski hut trips done in our wonderful state of Colorado.

In our state we have 50+ 14,000ft. peaks, and about 50 different huts/yurts to stay at.
With hundreds, and hundreds of 12,000 and 13,000ft peaks it is like a gigantic playground!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Peter Estin Ski Hut

The 10th. Mountain Hut System offers a wide variety of ski huts for people to enjoy.
On this trip we went to the Peter Estin Hut outside of Eagle, Colorado.

This hut has some great terrain that will be perfect for next year's spring trip!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1st Love - A four day affair with Flatiron mixed climbing

The 1st Flatiron's ice/mixed route, and more had recently formed up!  We are lucky if this happens once per season, I would guess.  My outside jobs were on hold, and the avalanche danger was high in the mountains…  This was perfect to get some fun exercise, polish the mind on thin ice run outs, and take some great friends up who had never climbed it before.  Which was amazing that my friend Philo hadn't done it.  He's been climbing ice as long as I have been alive probably!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Routing in Red Rocks, Nevada

Back over the Christmas holiday we were out in Red Rocks, Nevada climbing in the desert sun.
Liz at Jane's Wall - RedRocks, Nevada.

We had hiked up to the Jane's Wall from the 2nd Pullout Parking area.
This wall is all sport climbing… Well until us Colorado Tradies showed up.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hidden Falls Solo

Here is a Happy Friday ascent of the Hidden Falls in the Wild Basin area of
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The Hidden Falls area offer everything from beginner WI3, to modern mixed climbs at the M8 level.
On this day the weather was great, but a bit windy, as you will see by the trees in the video.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Post #1 - A Photo Explosion

2013 was a fun year!  Many adventures with great folks!  2014 is shaping up to be pretty
sweet as well…

Zowie photobombs Thom Engelbach on the Designator, Vail CO.

So here we go with the first post of the year.  Caution!  I am about to photo bomb this blog
with some fun porn!  That's right porn…  You know the deal!  It's all about you enjoying the
fun that we had by looking at us goofballs in photos.

Most take self shots with their iPhone in the bathroom  mirror…
 I am not really that type of person, so I keep mine outdoors!

Seriously though, here is some nice photos from our latest outings.  I took some of these photos,
but most were taken by Liz this round.  We are using the Sony NEX6 camera with a 16 − 50
wide angle lens.  I have been really digging this mirror-less DSLR type camera!

Liz running a lap on the Fang, Vail CO.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2013's final adventures. Hello 2014!

                                                                  2013 What a year it has been!


 We were so lucky to go on so many awesome climbing adventures over the last 365 days.
From Patagonia to Elbsandstein in Germany, Pennsylvania bouldering to  the Bishop California
AAC event,  Red Rocks Nevada to Ouray Colorado ice… Psyched!

15,000 routes!

I hope 2014 provides us all with much health, wealth, and partners for many
adventures around the globe.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Frosty Mountain Ski Video

James Peak.

A bit before Thanksgiving this year I managed to get my first ski tour in for the season.
It was more or less going to be a "Let's go out and see what's going on early season" sorts of thing.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Feast of pictures! 3 Days of Thanksgiving Snow Sliding

Thanksgiving 2013  A feast of photos.

Location:  Red Mountain Pass,  ColoRado

Weather: Sunny

Wind: N/A

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Snow, Ice, And Everything Nice !

A few photos some friends took of me on recent adventures around our home town.
Things are looking good for the Front Range!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2013 AAC International Climbers Meet

Well here I am, year 3 at the annual American Alpine Club International Climbers Meet.
A gathering of 50 people, ready to climb, eat, drink.  Repeat 6 days.

Many people from around the world.  Nepal, to Norway, Isreal to England, Brazil to Canada.
Yeah, we got 'em, all here together eating three catered meals a day from the most awesome
caterer in the Bishop, CA area!  (Unless you had a forced bivy!)  These folks were over the top!
They even stayed late for the late the folks who underestimated times for climbs.
So a BIG shout out to Classy Cowgirl Caterers.  You da best, thanks for hooking us up!

Usually the event is held in the great Yosemite Valley.  This year was no go, as our US government (or lack thereof) was shut down due to some rogue Tea Party Republicans.
I won't go into how this bothered me.  Or how the foreign travelers laughed at our government…
It was less than a week out before the trip, many people had already traveled from far and wide.
Do we just cancel the trip all together?  NO!  It's time to head East!  Err, from Sacramento, I mean...
We shall occupy Bishop California, on the East Side of the Sierra Mountains!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Elbsandstein Germany - Part 3 The Video

Recently I did a 2 part posting on our trip to Prague, and climbing in the Elbsandstein Germany.

Here is the 3rd and final part of the series,  a short video of our climbing adventure.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A visual journey to the city of Prague & climbing in the German Elbsandsteingebirge! - Part: 2

In the last post we explored the sites in the Czech city of Prague (Praha).
Mmm, this pilsner goes down like water!  Cheers to beer prices in Praha!

This post takes us north about 150km to the German climbing area Elbsandsteingebirge
in the Saechsische Schweiz region.  It is a National Park in Germany.
One of the many spires & hamlets in the Elbsandsteingebirge.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A visual journey to the city of Prague & climbing in the German Elbsandsteingebirge! - Part: 1

Recently Liz & I took a journey to the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic.

Then from there we headed 150km north to the infamous German climbing area called

You know the place, no metal gear for protection, no chalk on
the hands, and no climbing of walls/massifs.  Summits only!

If you don't have a love for adventure
then I would not recommend climbing here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Prep Work

                                               For Prague & Elbsandsteingebirge!


Monday, July 15, 2013

Alpinist Magazine #43 & The New 2013 AAC Membership Guide

The time has come for some HardCor photo action in Alpinist Magazine!
(Not of me, but by me!)

Also to mention, the latest American Alpine Club 2013 membership guide publication
has a picture of me in it from the last years International Climbers meet.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A midsummer night storm

Recently here in Boulder CO we had an amazing light show.  Luckily it didn't start any fires
that I know of, or they were put out right away.  It's been hot (90+F) and dry!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hut Trippin' in the Elk Mountains of Colorado

Spring skiing in Colorado is in full swing!

Here is a video from a recent trip to the Tagert Hut near Aspen Colorado.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Colorado from the air!

Our good friend Ralph Tingy just had his 70th birthday celebration out in Indian Creek, Utah.

To join the fun we flew to the party with our friend George Lowe.  It only takes about 1hour
30min to go from Boulder area to Monticello, Utah. (Indian Creek)
Along the way out, and back I captured some video footage of our beautiful state from the air.

The flight out was in some weather, and on the way back was clear skies.  It is always bumpy
in a small airplane, so I apologize for the choppy/bumpy nature. . .

In this short video you will find no climbing!  What you will find is some cool fly by footage of
Grays/Toreys peaks, and the Maroon Bells, which are some of Colorado's 14er peaks.
I was also able to get some good fly over footage of Gothic Mountain outside of Crested Butte, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

REI / AAC Patagonia presentation

Just a quick shout out to all the folks who showed up at Boulder Colorado's REI store for
the presentation we did on climbing in the Fitz Roy Massif of Patagonia.

It was a great turnout, and the room seemed to be completely full.   I think there was over 70 people!

Also a big thanks to the American Alpine Club!   I was pleased to have such interest in our show.

If you missed out, stay tuned.  We had such positive feedback, that we may do it again at a new location in the Boulder/Denver area.

You can also get information on other AAC Member Adventure Series show at the link below.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Patagonia 2013

   Patagonia trip report:                             February 2013,                           El Chalten, Argentina
Cerro Torre & Condors.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A solo ascent of Martha, Rocky Mountain Natl. Park

Up in Rocky Mountain National Park, right beside the mighty Long's Peak is Mt. Lady Washington.
This is the home of Martha 5.4 WI2 M2. ?    It's an 800ft. mixed climb of steep snow,
with five constrictions of rock & ice steps.  These constrictions are the cruxes of the climb.  During our ascent we found the first, and the last of steps to be the main cruxes.  The first step was dry, and required dry tooling up a chimney type feature.  The hard part about this was wearing a pack.
The last step provided the best ice of the climb, and was a nice steep bit of fun.
Chasm Lake / Long's Peak

First Ascents - Eldorado Canyon

Some people may think the Boulder Colorado area might be climbed out..  But they have no idea!
First Ascent of Genuine Risk Takers 5.11.      Genuine Risk is the dihedral to the right of me...

Friday, January 4, 2013

Christmas 2012 - A Ski Yurt Trip Video

Every season sometime around Christmas we head north to Cameron Pass, Colorado.
This area west of Fort Collins seems to hold some good early season snow every year.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A video posting.

Chris Miller Photography.

In this post is two short videos.  The first one is from this past winter/spring time.  It was a failed attempt on a
remote north face here in Colorado with my good friend Thom Engelbach.  You can't have them all... 
We came home alive after setting off a few avalanches.  Me almost taking the ride over a cliff band.  Shattered rock, powder coated in snow, with no good protection, and many more variables that make climbing in the mountains fun!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Penthaus, Boulder Canyon

Welcome to the Penthaus (Otherwise known as The Friends & Family Crag) -  Boulder Canyon.

The Penthaus gate keeper.  (Black Nasty)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanksgiving, and being thankful!

On the road again...

            As all of the Boulder Colorado folk make the mass exodus to Indian Creek in Utah...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The art of Burr

My shot of Burr.
During the AAC International Climbers Meet in Yosemite Valley California I was able to meet many folk.

Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 AAC International Climbers Meet

Here is a trip report (mostly photos) from the 2012 American Alpine Club's
International Climbers Meet in beautiful Yosemite Valley California.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wind River Trip Report - August 2012

Thom Engelbach drives us down the 50mile dirt road to the trailhead.

Ah, another August trip to the Wind River Mountain Range, Wyoming!  It was nice to be back in
one of my favorite, somewhat close, alpine climbing areas.   Only 6 to 8 hours drive from the
Front Range of Colorado, it is a cheap adventure, with big views, and big climbs.
Terry, Jim, and Angela with route to Deep Lake.

This time we did something different for our usual trip.  Usually we head in by ourselves.  I carry a 70+ pound pack, and Liz carries a 60+ pounder on a 10+ day trip.
On this journey we were invited to join 9 other friends, and 6 lamas. 
The Lone Ranger!