Month: December 2019

The Palisade – Colorado : Seano Trip Report + Aoraki 12,316 ft – Zurbriggen Ridge + Shkhara – First Winter Ascent

The Palisade – Colorado — Trip report with pictures by Seano (Dr Dirtbag) on his blog
Aoraki/ Mt Cook – 12,316 ft – Zurbriggen Ridge – New Zealand – Trip report / pictures – Matt Lemke
Thirteen Days on Shkhara : A new route and first winter ascent from the South — from AAC

http://www.drdirtbag.com/2019/11/30/the-palisade/ — Colorado — The Palisade – Trip report with pictures from Seano

https://www.lemkeclimbs.com/mount-cook.html — Aoraki/ Mount Cook – 12,316 ft – Zurbriggen Ridge — New Zealand — Trip report with pictures from Matt Lemke — Colorado

http://publications.americanalpineclub.org/articles/13201214600/Thirteen-Days-on-Shkhara-A-New-Route-and-First-Winter-Ascent-From-the-South — Thirteen days on Shkhara – First Winter Ascent

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The Palisade – Colorado — Trip report with pictures by Seano (Dr Dirtbag) on his blog
Aoraki/ Mt Cook – 12,316 ft – Zurbriggen Ridge – New Zealand – Trip report / pictures – Matt Lemke
Thirteen Days on Shkhara : A new route and first winter ascent from the South — from AAC

http://www.drdirtbag.com/2019/11/30/the-palisade/ — Colorado — The Palisade – Trip report with pictures from Seano
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https://www.lemkeclimbs.com/mount-cook.html — Aoraki/ Mount Cook – 12,316 ft – Zurbriggen Ridge — New Zealand — Trip report with pictures from Matt Lemke — Colorado




http://publications.americanalpineclub.org/articles/13201214600/Thirteen-Days-on-Shkhara-A-New-Route-and-First-Winter-Ascent-From-the-South — Thirteen days on Shkhara – First Winter Ascent
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CUMBRE!! Today we had 100% summit success for all the members of our Cotopaxi #rapidascent team. Led by @solitude66 @christian_llivicura @nachoespinosaandrade, the team summited at 7:20am. It was the first high altitude climb for many members of the team and they topped off the experience with a summit! @samkieck from Alpenglow’s operations team is part of the group and after the climb, he reports being “totally addicted.” After accomplishing a 5,897m peak, we’re excited for the team members to keep pushing up to higher peaks. Let’s keep climbing! #climbskitrek #adventuredoneright @ Volcán Cotopaxi
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Lake Minniwanka Trail November 30, 2019

Today's destination was decided in a split second once the car was loaded at our rendezvous location. I was the driver and I wanted easy smooth sailing with all green and no red. The only option for that would be hitting the highway straight west with no veer offs until Banff. That's where we veered off with a plan now in place of hiking as far as we felt like it along the Lake Minniwanka Trail.
We had loads to catch up on lifes' happenings because it has been months since we shared the trails. Besides sharing stories and admiring the scenery, we made sure to stay warm. Who knows what the temperature was, but it warranted four layers, one being a down. The heaviest of heavy mitts were necessary too along with a neck and face gator.
This photo says it all! Did they not get the boat out of the water in time?It appears to now be there for the winter!We hiked along the lake shore on the way to the main trail. As you can see not much of the lake is frozen yet. our view alon..

Today's destination was decided in a split second once the car was loaded at our rendezvous location. I was the driver and I wanted easy smooth sailing with all green and no red. The only option for that would be hitting the highway straight west with no veer offs until Banff. That's where we veered off with a plan now in place of hiking as far as we felt like it along the Lake Minniwanka Trail.
We had loads to catch up on lifes' happenings because it has been months since we shared the trails. Besides sharing stories and admiring the scenery, we made sure to stay warm. Who knows what the temperature was, but it warranted four layers, one being a down. The heaviest of heavy mitts were necessary too along with a neck and face gator.
This photo says it all! Did they not get the boat out of the water in time?It appears to now be there for the winter!We hiked along the lake shore on the way to the main trail. As you can see not much of the lake is frozen yet. our view along the wayWe reached Stewart Canyon and made our way across the bridge. Yes that's us down there with the unusual stance. The sky was full on blue with not a cloud in sight. For me that meant it would not be a most favourable day for photography. I can give you this great shadow shot though!
We continued hiking along the trail for roughly six to seven kilometers when we decided this would be as far as we wanted to go. We found a spot in the sunshine to dine. It was so cold, we had to settle in the sun or else! The sun shone on the shore of the lake plus the rocks looked inviting to see with the ice formations around them.


It was time to get back up onto the trail and make our way to the parking lot. The sun was higher now and on us for a large part of the return trip, thank goodness.
We stopped at a picnic table in the sun to finish off our tea and snacks but once the sun went behind the trees we were out of there. It was still very cold while we geared down so we accomplished it rather quickly. I blasted the heat in the car and then we were on our way.
How our day transpired turned out to be an enjoyable way to say good-bye to November!

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White Friday

I didn't shop on Black Friday, in fact, I hardly shop unless it is for outdoor gear. Living in a cabin, there just isn't room for stuff, and most of the stuff I see, I can do without. I mean, who really needs a shower beer holder? Even if I drank beer, would I really need to have one for the three minutes I'm in the shower?
So since shopping was out, we decided to make it a White Friday. Skiing, that is. After a season off, it was hard to wrap my brain around skiing again. It's amazing how, after not skiing for six months, the skiing stuff is hard to find. Where's the gaiters? The Musher's Secret for Ruby's paws? What do I even wear?
In the end, I wore everything. It was clearly time to embrace winter.

As we drove into the mountains, the situation became unnervingly close to those you read about–Couple follows GPS onto an unplowed road, one unwisely leaves the car to walk for help. Only, we knew where we were going, and we did an inventory: Snacks..

I didn't shop on Black Friday, in fact, I hardly shop unless it is for outdoor gear. Living in a cabin, there just isn't room for stuff, and most of the stuff I see, I can do without. I mean, who really needs a shower beer holder? Even if I drank beer, would I really need to have one for the three minutes I'm in the shower?
So since shopping was out, we decided to make it a White Friday. Skiing, that is. After a season off, it was hard to wrap my brain around skiing again. It's amazing how, after not skiing for six months, the skiing stuff is hard to find. Where's the gaiters? The Musher's Secret for Ruby's paws? What do I even wear?
In the end, I wore everything. It was clearly time to embrace winter.

As we drove into the mountains, the situation became unnervingly close to those you read about–Couple follows GPS onto an unplowed road, one unwisely leaves the car to walk for help. Only, we knew where we were going, and we did an inventory: Snacks, firestarter, emergency beacon. Others had given up, seeing the fifteen inches of snow on the road. Bravely, or unwisely, we continued on. The parking lot was bleak and deserted, as if nobody but us was left on earth. An unlucky rancher had abandoned a trailer right in the middle of the road. It was likely it would be there all winter.
I stared glumly out the window. "Why is winter so cold?" I whined. But ultimately, I got out. My Patagonia windstopper coat, circa 1990, stood up admirably to the bitter wind. It was time to ski, or rather, shuffle through two feet of snow on skis, a human groomer.

We reached the Hill of Terror, and I skied down it happily, the deep snow slowing my descent in a way that never happens if I follow a broken track. I have had many a meltdown on this hill, but today was perfect. Not so for the steep climb back up to the top of the divide. I huffed my way toward the top, each step like walking in deep sand. I refused to concede the lead until I reached the trail junction. I'm stubborn like that.

It's so cold that I never removed any layers. So pretty though.

Reaching the parking lot, I stared wistfully back at the track. Once again, we had broken trail for someone else to enjoy, but it had taken all of our energy to do it, and the weather was closing in. Live to ski another day, I thought. Staying up here any longer greatly increased our odds of participating in a winter campout.
"Why is cross country skiing so tiring?" J asked, bent on a nap. I don't know why either, but it is. "Let's go out tomorrow!" he says. "Yes!" I say.

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Exploring Slot Canyons in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Willis Creek Hike

Hidden among Utah’s big five national parks, you’ll find the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It’s easy to overlook this BLM park with Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches looming nearby. But don’t skip out on one of the greatest gems of the hiking world! Be sure to go exploring slot canyons in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Cottonwood Narrows Hike

Grand Staircase is a huge place to be sure. Although sadly it’s not as huge as it used to be. Donald Trump reduced our national monument by 47%, taking it from 1.8 million acres down to 1 million in 2017. Fortunately, we still have a lot of room to play though and the Staircase is one of the most remote areas in the United States. In fact, it was the last place in the contiguous to be mapped.

Grosvenor Arch

So how did this national monument get such a tongue-twisting name? A geologist coined the term referring to the “staircase” of sediment cliffs leading north out of the Grand..

Willis Creek Hike

Hidden among Utah’s big five national parks, you’ll find the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It’s easy to overlook this BLM park with Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches looming nearby. But don’t skip out on one of the greatest gems of the hiking world! Be sure to go exploring slot canyons in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Cottonwood Narrows Hike

Grand Staircase is a huge place to be sure. Although sadly it’s not as huge as it used to be. Donald Trump reduced our national monument by 47%, taking it from 1.8 million acres down to 1 million in 2017. Fortunately, we still have a lot of room to play though and the Staircase is one of the most remote areas in the United States. In fact, it was the last place in the contiguous to be mapped.

Grosvenor Arch

So how did this national monument get such a tongue-twisting name? A geologist coined the term referring to the “staircase” of sediment cliffs leading north out of the Grand Canyon. The cliffs from youngest to eldest are pink, grey, white, vermillion, and chocolate.

Because this monument is immense, we’ve narrowed it down for you by featuring 4 fantastic hikes.

Photo Credit: Google Maps

#1 Willis Creek

This hike is like going to Zion National Park without the crowds. Now this trail can be a little crowded in the beginning. But once you get out there a bit, it will thin out. You’ll have the place nearly to yourself. Prepare to get wet because the trail is sometimes in the creek.

You’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous slot canyon. This is an easy, out-and-back of about 3 miles total. You can go further if you like, but the slot ends after about 1.5 miles. Be sure to stop at the Cannonville Visitor Center before you go for important details on directions and road conditions.

For a map, click here.

#2 Cottonwood North Narrows

Wow! This hike is beau.ti.ful. If you can only do one hike at Grand Staircase, do this one! It is wonderfully scenic and solitary. From the Cottonwood North Narrows parking lot, the trail dumps directly into a narrow canyon.

This hike continues down a hugely tall canyon. It is rocky and sandy but not difficult. You could make this into a loop by walking back on the road, but we chose to make it an out and back so that we could stay in the canyon the whole hike.

I’m not exactly sure the total length, but I would say in the neighborhood of 4 miles roundtrip. Hiking southbound, you will come to a fork where you can turn right to head up a slot canyon. For us, this was a great place to end the hike before turning back. Be sure to stop at the Cannonville Visitor Center before you go for important details on directions and road conditions.

For a map, click here.

#3 Dry Fork Narrows

The Dry Fork Narrows is an excellent introduction to exploring slot canyons in Grand Staircase. This hike is moderate. Getting down to the slot is the hardest (steepest) part. If you don’t have an offroad vehicle, you could be forced to walk from the Dry Fork Road parking lot, which would be a couple of miles of boring road walk to get to the trailhead. It’s better to have the right vehicle here in Grand Staircase.

Once you get down to the wash bed, hang left to walk up the Dry Fork Narrows slot canyon. This is really excellent fun! You’ll get muddy for sure maybe even wet. The canyon gets pretty narrow in spots but nothing claustrophobic. You don’t need any ropes. The slot canyon is about 1 mile out and back. Be sure to stop at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center before you go for important details on directions and road conditions.

If you want a step up from the Dry Fork Narrows, check out the other slot canyons in Coyote Gulch: Peek-a-Boo, Spooky, and Brimstone gulches.

For a map, click here.

#4 Lower Calf Creek Falls

Located in the Calf Creek Recreation Area, this hike is wonderfully scenic. You’ll hike along a wide canyon and above, strangely, wetland habitat. It culminates in a breathtaking waterfall. This is a 6-mile out and back. It is a moderate hike and can be crowded…especially in the small, paid parking lot. Be sure to stop at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center before you go for important directions.

For a map, click here.

For a brochure, click here.

Hiker Tips:

  • Go to the visitor’s center.
  • Get a map, detailed directions, and info on road conditions.
  • It’s better to have an offroad vehicle.
  • Water. Sunscreen. Hat.

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Grosvenor Arch

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The Palisade – Colorado : Seano Trip Report + Aoraki 12,316 ft – Zurbriggen Ridge +

The Palisade – Colorado — Trip report with pictures by Seano (Dr Dirtbag) on his blog
Aoraki/ Mt Cook – 12,316 ft – Zurbriggen Ridge – New Zealand – Trip report / pictures – Matt Lemke

http://www.drdirtbag.com/2019/11/30/the-palisade/ — Colorado — The Palisade – Trip report with pictures from Seano

https://www.lemkeclimbs.com/mount-cook.html — Aoraki/ Mount Cook – 12,316 ft – Zurbriggen Ridge — New Zealand — Trip report with pictures from Matt Lemke — Colorado

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The Palisade – Colorado — Trip report with pictures by Seano (Dr Dirtbag) on his blog
Aoraki/ Mt Cook – 12,316 ft – Zurbriggen Ridge – New Zealand – Trip report / pictures – Matt Lemke

http://www.drdirtbag.com/2019/11/30/the-palisade/ — Colorado — The Palisade – Trip report with pictures from Seano
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