Apr 19 2011

Day 7-The Out to Molas Pass

Published by Jordan at 10:12 pm under Backcountry Skiing, General Ski Mountaineering

The storm from yesterday is still hanging around.Perhaps the more grueling part of the week was the descent and ascent out to the truck. We left camp and got to enjoy a bit of powder skiing (with heavy packs). Just a bit of vertical later the snow turned to non supportive crap while skiing through dense woods. This was some of the hardest downhill skiing of the trip.

Nick looking slightly sad at having to leave our home from the last 7 days.

Nick looking slightly sad at having to leave our home from the last 7 days.

Some of the best turns on the trail out.

Some of the best turns on the trail out.



And then it got gnarly.
Normal.

Normal.

A little bit of full pack free riding.

A little bit of full pack free riding.

Fun.  Sorta.

Fun. Sorta.

Reaching the Beaver ponds feels like a small victory. Though there are many miles left in our day.
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On the way out there were quite a few transitions between skiing and walking

Where is the snow?

Where is the snow?

There was some evidence of a blow down event in the area. There were many downed trees.

Yoga moves.  Skis on.

Yoga moves. Skis on.

Enjoying the last bit of bacon and Tequila as we hit the railroad tracks.

Enjoying the last bit of bacon and Tequila as we hit the railroad tracks.

We sat there for a while working up the drive to climb back to Molas pass. Finally we start moving. It is every bit as much of a slog as we assumed it would be.

Finding the footbridge.  All up from here.

Finding the footbridge. All up from here.

A lot of deep sloppy booting.

A lot of deep sloppy booting.

Finally we hit the truck. The wind is blowing, the temperature is dropping. The weather is coming in again. Timing was good for getting out. It’s off to Silverton for Burgers!

Looking at where we came from today.  Long ways.

Looking at where we came from today. Long ways.

This is one of the best trips I’ve been on in Colorado. You really are out there. Seeing someone else would be a crazy coincidence, and there are just not that many places in the state that are this remote.

I’d do it again.

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