What Big Eyes You Have…In Fact, Too Big

I'm finally getting around to posting some photos of some mountains adventures from last summer in Colorado.  Here are some pics from an early morning when Alan and I scoped out the "What Big Eyes You Have Couloir off East red peak just north of Silverthorne in the Gore Range. Unfortunately, the snow coverage was pretty slim this late in the season.  But we still had a cool hike with some good views of future ski targets. DSC02395DSC02399DSC02400 bpp-2


Pettingell Peak

The tallest point in Hennepin County, Minnesota (my lovely new home) is 1,131 ft above sea level. Needless to say, these mountaineering posts from last spring will be some of my last for a little while until I can organize some sweet trips to some more exotic (i.e. non-Midwest) destinations. That being said, I'll hopefully have a bunch of deep fried food from the state fair and pictures of walleye to share in the near future.
The pics below are from a trip up Pettingell Peak ( ) back in April with Allen. We met on 14ers.com the night before and I was glad that he didn't turn out to be a catfish. Turns out, he had climbed with a couple of my buddies from Alpine Club at DU in the past. Pettingell was a relatively mellow peak with easy access from I-70 but provided us some warm-up turns for future Spring goals. We both had some binding issues on the tour up but luckily I had started to pack a pack of zip ties on these trips for just such problems. Once on top, we enjoyed views of Longs Peak to the North and a direct view of the Tuning Fork on Torreys Peak across the highway. In between Torreys and Loveland Pass was the glaring remnants of the tragic Sheep Creek avalanche that killed 6 people just a week earlier. The sight of the avalanche crown and debris put us on our toes for the ride down which turned out to be some pretty stable snow that had just started to soften from the noon sun. It was an easy trek back to the car past some early Spring hikers post-holing through the melting snow to try and get up to the lakes. All in all, a good day in the high country and a good start to the backcountry ski season.

-Tyler Grubb

Scotchman Peak, Idaho

Lake Trip 2013 with the Grodahls to Pend Oreille was awesome as always with some good days tubing, wakeboarding and fishing.  One of the days I somehow convinced a crew to go across the lake and hike up Scotchman Peak.  I promised mountain goats and was a little worried until we got to the summit where a lone goat was waiting to fulfill my promise. 

-Tyler Grubb