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 Post subject: new Colorado rider
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:02 am 
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Hi all.
Im looking to get alot of backcountry in this year (which is what I assume most of you do 99% of the time with splitboards)
So can anyone point me in the right direction as to where to start? Im doing my own research but I figure those with more experience can help get me on the fast track.

Ive not done any real back country, as well I dont know where to go, I mean aside from loveland or berthoud, but I want to avoid I-70 if at all possible. So how do you find places to ride?

I hate riding resorts/i-70 on the weekend so Id like to find anyplace or anyone to ride with. I want to ride some epic stuff, But I guess when I look at those mtns in the distance, im thinking, how in the heck am I going to get up there?

Im a pretty good rider, I usually ride alpine at the resorts.

Im in Denver BTW

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Michael, most of the best easily accessible backcountry is off of I70. Berthoud being one of the best and most well known spots. Plenty of other places to go.

Indian Peaks/Moffat Tunnel area are good spots to explore around the Front Range. If you want to get away from I70 traffic, generally it means a longer drive. Even with I70 traffic accounted for. Monarch Pass, Cameron Pass, and other spots are around.

Get yourself enrolled in a level I avy course and buy the gear. Beacon, Shovel, probe. The Colorado snowpack is way sketch, so you need to have some knowledge on how to travel safely in it. Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain is a good book to read. Others can chime in with their ideas...


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 Post subject: re: bc
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:03 pm 
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Get some avy education & gear & partners b/f you head out. Avalanche Conditions are kinda gnar right now.

REI Downtown Denver is offering an Avalance Awareness Lecture tomorrow Jan 4, 2007. its a good start but not enough.

Boulder offers some avy classes.

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Once you've got an avy class and the gear, I'd be happy to meet up at Berthourd Pass. It's a great place to get exposed to backcountry riding.

Heading there Saturday morning.

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Hey Thanks for the replies, Sorry I didnt check back sooner, been race training and have a race tomorrow(sunday)
looks like I missed the REI thing.
Im looking for some books if anyone has any reccomendations..

Im a weekday rider if possible, anyone else?

What about Places to ride off 285? as far as Monarch? OR places west west of the Springs?
Id rather drive 25 South. Im sick of I-70

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Hey DB! I'm down here in the Springs, and I've got alot of weekdays off. Still pretty conservative in the BC, (riding solo) but ride Alpine too. I've been touring around /digging pits and scoping lines on Pikes (scary snow) and messing around in the Wilkerson pass area. Drop a line!


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Hey DB did you get my e-mail?

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hey I emalied you back did you get it?

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