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Old 02-02-2011   #1
 
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Mount Zirkel Wildeness exploration continued...

Looking through last weekend's photos is getting me all fired up for more exploratory missions in the Zirkels. Our last few attempts were in less than ideal conditions, but this time around bluebird skies and good snow made it possible for us to reach higher ground and scope options for future missions. This is Holley's and my third winter living in Steamboat, and it feels like we're just starting to tap in to the goods. While other areas around the state have been getting skunked at times, I can't say enough about how good the conditions have been this year in the backcountry around the Steamboat and Park Range zone. Thanks to Drew, Kevin, Tom, and Jeffrey for rallying this weekend. Can't wait for the next mission...

Camp scene on Day 2...


Bluebird!




Looking out towards the mighty fine looking lines surrounding Mica Basin and Gilpin. Anyone up for a mission?


Busting trail up Porcupine ridge


Views from the top looking out toward Wolverine


Views from the bottom following 2,000ft of consistent 35-40deg creamy cream


On our way back to camp...


Home sweet home


Pre happy-hour camp chores

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Old 02-02-2011   #2
 
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Day 3: More of the same...






One more for good measure before calling it good...
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No groover or firepan required for sled camping?

Looks awesome!
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Nice work dudes!!
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Heads up...unless you were camped outside the wilderness area, you might want to not post the photos of the snowmobile (as far as I know it is illegal in wilderness and lots of our ranger friends are members of the 'ol buzz.)
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Actually use poop bags and pack everything out. Our camp site was in a parking lot in the summer, so figured we weren't doing and damage and opted against the fire pan and brought a stereo instead. Probably should have brought a pan anyway since there's really no reason not to. Good times!
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Skiing was in wilderness. Camping and sleds were in national forest, never in wilderness. No issues with camping and sledding there. Thanks for the heads up!
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Awesome post Frenchy. Looks like a great time.
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Thanks Ian! It ain't paddling but it's a close second
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Good to see a TR in the winter buzz it looks like conditions are great up that way - good luck on future missions..

It seems around the zones we hang out in anyway that more and more folks are using the sled to get out to nearly impossible points of access to wilderness areas and then hiking into the goods. Nice work boys!
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