|I got in a nice solo dawn patrol this
morning in the Elk Mountains of central Colorado, on Mace Peak
out of Castle Creek. This is looking down a cirque known as
the "Ear." This time of year Mace Peak is a perfect
quick-hit. Not only that, but I got to shift my Cherokee into
4-wheel-drive for the trailhead approach, yes! (That extra
300 feet of driving really helped make the day go better, he
he.) After a sweet little workout, my desk chair was graced
with my presence by 8:30 this morning. Snow cover is still
looking good, see below for another photo.
|This morning in Colorado: Looking northwest
from Mace Peak toward Colorado fourteener Castle Peak, Elk Mountains.
Snow cover still looks excellent for spring, though the snow
surface is a bit sun cupped in spots. You can only see the upper
part of Castle Peak’s east face extreme line in this photo, while
it looks to be in condition, from another vantage point I could
see that the choke in the middle was melted down to bare rock.
Too late for that one, but many more descents are in good condition.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.