Post subject: Board in Colorado - A No Snow Trip Report
Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:37 pm
Joined: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:22 pm Posts: 683 Location: Durango, CO
Colorado has been extremely dry, very dry. The San Juans even more. Last week, our mountains looked extremely bleak.
Moon rise over the Grenadiers with minimal snow
So with no snow in the forecast, or on the mountains, the mountain bike in shambles, and the itch to stand sideways overwhelming, outside the box thinking was key. So, it was off to Great Sand Dune National Park for some sandboarding.
Sandboarding you say? Yeah, I have no snow, shut it. I had never been sandboarding before, but I was dying to stand sideways. With no preconceived idea of how sandboarding was, I went with low expectations.
Look at that pow... Wait, sand?
I found sandboarding is very similar to splitboarding. You pick your line, aesthetic or not, choose a good route up, and come down as fast as possible. Walking in sand sucks, but its better then bootpacking in 3 feet of snow up a couloir. I thought of it as training with what I have.
Also, its nice to not have to think about avalanches
Where would you go? So many line choices.
Putting in the skin track, its nice having a girl break trail for you. Route selection is key, not
Sumitting the high dune, we were greeted with views around. Crazy the mountains are next to a dune.
The reward was ripping down 300 ft of sand
Abby (the dog) was stoked to get back into shred mode
Track spotting. First turns in December!
PBR as the sun gets ready to set
And the sunset atop High Dune, riding down after this was fun.
It certainly wasn't splitboarding, but at this point, I'll take what I can get. And it was surprisingly really fun.
How about you Canadians send some of that snow south though, I mean, I'm sandboarding in December, damn.