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 Post subject: TR: Berthoud Pass 2/1
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:25 pm 
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Joined: Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:05 pm
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Location: Denver, CO
It’s been a while since I’ve posted up here. This is my second BC outing this year, the first was tacked onto a avalanche course with the friends of Berthoud pass.

Yesterday was a phenomenal day on Berthoud Pass. Although it had been warm, sunny, and dry for a few days, the forecast called for it to be cold, cloudy, and windy with a chance of snow. Mike, Jay, and I went up early to get in a good day in the backcountry before heading home to watch the Super Bowl. We pulled into the parking lot about 7:45 and met up with a guy from TGR and his “lady friend” for a quick lap. Half an hour later it was completely socked in and snowing fairly hard, though the wind was probably down in the single digits.

On a side note, I really need to explore Berthoud with fellow snowboarders. Skiers put me into pretty crappy situations, and while I’ve been up there a handful of times now, I still don’t know it well enough to pick lines to minimize pushing/unstrapping.

Here is me skinning up, I’ve gotten in better shape in the last 6 months and been cycling, running, and lifting a lot. Skinning is a lot more fun when I don’t have to bust my butt to keep up. Actually I’m a freak and really enjoy running and mountain biking up hills, skinning is no different, there’s something satisfying about it, at one point on our second lap I felt like I could go all day, as it turns out we went about another 35 minutes. That said, my technique leaves something to be desired, and in some of the steeper stuff I had a hard time not sliding backwards. It’s a combination of picking the right line and getting my steps right so the skin grabs. Frustrating!

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Here’s one of me coming down on our first decent. Another note, I think the 173 is a bit too much board for me.
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We rode down to the Current Creek parking lot (and after much anger and frustration from me, the lone boarder in the group dealing with lots of flat/slight uphill traversing), the skies cleared. Mike, Jay, and I discussed our options and decided to head up into CC, just to get out and do some exploring.

Jay with some sketchy shears coming out easily in our pits.
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Mike, our fearless leader, keeping up with him on skins is ridiculous.
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The ride out was on some crazy crust, our buddy on tele ate it pretty hard a few times when the tips broke through. We hitched a ride from an EMT in a pickup within 5 minutes of getting to the parking lot.

Overall it was a great day, and we made it back with plenty of time to get food and beer for the super bowl. Nothing too crazy, but still a great day.
-Nate


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