Springtime in the San Juans

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Mt. Sneffels and freshly budded aspens in the Sneffels Range, May.

It’s a particularly beautiful time right now here in southwest Colorado, with the snowy peaks towering above brilliant green meadows and freshly budded aspen groves.

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Sunset light filters through springtime aspens – May.

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Mt. Sneffels and the Sneffels Range tower above the Double RL ranch near Ridgway, Colorado – May.

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Exhibit at Steamboat Art Museum

Steamboat Art Museum

I am pleased to be participating in the Colorado Nature Photography Invitational exhibit at the Steamboat Art Museum from May 30 – July 15, 2014. Five large prints of mine will be on display, along with impressive work from 10 other Colorado photographers including Monte Trumbull, Anne Rusk, Rich Voninski, Todd Caudle, Angela Classen, Joshua Hardin, Jason Hatfield, Scott Fricke, Jim Steinberg, and Rod Hanna. Go see!

Sneffels Ski

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What better way to cap off a memorable winter season in the San Juans than a spring descent of Mt. Sneffels, the monarch of the Sneffels Range.

Skinning up Yankee Boy Basin

My partner for the day was Karl, our new friend from Germany who we randomly met and skied with the previous day. We left the truck at sunrise in order to get up and down the mountain before the hot May sun nuked the snow.

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Climbing up the Lavendar Col on Mt. Sneffels – May.
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Hiking to the summit of Mt. Sneffels (14,150 ft.) – May.

What a glorious day to be up high in the San Juans! There’s no denying by now that Mt. Sneffels has to be one of my favorite peaks in the world.

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Karl Trellinger skis down Mt. Sneffels.

And there’s no better way to enjoy a favorite peak than to ski/snowboard down it!

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Skier: Karl Trellinger.

Still Going

Hiking by Teakettle Mountain

At the end of May we’re still enjoying great snow up here in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado! Here’s a few shots from the weekend.

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Rider: Mikel Goicoechea.

Mikel made the journey down from Boulder and as usual he brought his good snow karma with him. We repeated a big route in the Sneffels Range that Charlie and I rode a few weeks back.

May powder

Showers on Saturday night dropped about 7 inches of snow in the high country. Sure, we’ll take some powder turns in late May, why not?

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Snowboarder: Mikel Goicoechea.  Mt. Sneffels in the background.  May.

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Skier: Claudia Brauer.

From the Vault: Lofoten Islands

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Morning at Bunes Beach on Moskenesøya Island – July.

The treasure hunt continues with these photos I recently unearthed from my hard drive, from the Lofoten Islands in Norway from back in July 2009. Though I often shot with my large format 4×5 film camera here, all these photos were taken with an Olympus E-620 digital SLR. While selecting the photos to publish after this trip, I think I was initially more focussed on the 4×5 photos and/or the more colorful sunrise/sunset shots, which is probably why I overlooked these no-less-worthy daytime photos.

Kjerkfjorden, Vindstad, Moskenesøya, Lofoten, Norway
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Kjerkfjorden and the little settlement of Vindstad on Moskenesøya Island.

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The rugged peaks of Moskenesøya Island reflect in a fjord on a calm summer morning

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Misty campsite near Flakstad.

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The city of Svolvær as seen from the summit of Fløya on Austvågøya Island.

You can see my gallery of photos from Norway here. You can also read my trip reports from my travels in Norway here.

From the Vault: More Zugspitze

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The moon shines above the clouds.

Here are a couple more photos from our night and morning on the summit of Zugspitze (2962m), Germany’s tallest mountain, back in August 2013. See all the photos and read more about our climb up Zugspitze here.

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Morning on the summit of Zugspitze.

From the Vault: Cimon della Pala

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Cimon della Pala is revealed glowing in evening light as low clouds thin out from Passo Rolle.

In the last few months I’ve been steadily working on reorganizing my photo archives in Lightroom, and during the process I’ve unearthed quite a few gems that I had overlooked during the initial selection process. So in the next few days and weeks I’ll be sharing many of these finds.

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Cimon della Pala rises over Passo Rolle high above the town of San Martino di Castrozza – December.

This first batch comes from December of 2010 when I spent a week in the small town of San Martino di Castrozza in the Italian Dolomites. Every day I’d drive my rental car up the winding road to Passo Rolle to ski around looking for a variety of photo angles of the immense jagged spire of Cimon della Pala – one of the most striking peaks in a region full of striking peaks.

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A December snowstorm envelopes the mountains around Cimon della Pala.

Check out more of my photos from the Dolomites here.

Sliding Around in the Tetons

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This last week I was up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming hunting spring snow in the mighty Teton range. Though the weather was a bit more unsettled than we could have hoped for, we still managed to slay two really nice long lines. Here’s a few shots from the trip.

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Buck Mountain (11,938 ft.) dominates the scene atop Static Peak.
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Skier: Jake Evans.

4+ inches of fresh powder coated this entire cruisey 4,000 vertical foot descent. Spring skiing at its best!

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Skinning up towards The Jaw.

With long, tedious approaches and massive vertical rise, spring ski touring in the Tetons is a demanding endeavor.

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The Grand Teton (13,770 ft.) as seen from the summit of The Jaw (11,400 ft.).

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Skiing down and dodging wet slides on the steep open face of The Jaw.
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Skier: Jake Evans.
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Our last day in Jackson Hole was spent checking out the impressive National Museum of Wildlife Art, followed by soaking our tired legs in some wild hot springs up towards Yellowstone. What a nice way to end the trip!

(Back in May 2009 I spent a week riding a bunch of big lines in the Tetons; see those photos here).