The combination of the 10,000 ft elevation and steep, hilly trails made for a challenging day.
It's been years since I've skiied on the Waldrop Trail and I'd forgotten how challenging it is with some super steep hills on a huge camber with turns and rocks thrown in for good measure. I had to get off my skis and walk down a hill or two because the camber was too scary but I made it down one crazy ass steep hill without needing a new pair of pants. Just. The portion of trail shown above is a not so bad part but you can see how rolling it is. I didn't realize it but it's rated as a black diamond (difficult) trail and I have a friend who took a bad tumble off his mountain bike and cut himself open on one of the hills. We were rewarded with a nice view of Mt. Audubon at the end though so it was worth it.
Mt. Audubon is the highest mountain in Colorado that I've hiked to the top of. It's something over 13,000 ft. I don't like hiking for very long or very high above treeline, it's rocky and I find it boring, so I have yet to attempt a 14er.
I was bundled up in a lot of clothes for skiing but it was cold and I was dressed just right.
We opted to take an easier blue diamond (intermediate) level trail home (CMC South).
My friend insisted on shooting some video so you can have a laugh at me shuffling through the snow. I do not have crazy mad kick-glide skilz.
I was on the lookout for moose the whole time since there'd been a number of sightings and we came across a guy who saw a pair of bull moose but they were about a mile away in the wrong direction and I figured that by the time we got there they'd be long gone. Didn't see any this time but maybe that's a good excuse to make another trip up there. I think I'll wait for the next snow though because the predictions for sunny skies and temps. in the high 40's, low 50's for the next week down here in town sounds to good to leave behind for the cold high country. Maybe the agility field will even be melted by next week and we can get back to work on those darn weave pole entries.