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Brilliant Breckenridge backcountry

Amy Z. lappin' up Little Baldy Bowl.

Story and photos by Matt Krane

Elapsed skinning time to Little Baldy Summit— 1:25 for me, anyhow. Autopilot boot-top winter snow turns two thirds of the way down. Blew past a skier and two boarders building a big kicker. I was listening to a 1974 Grateful Dead show, ‘Big Railroad Blues’ at the time, definitely in a groove. They were definitely caught off guard. If I hadn’t been fiddling with my large camera so much on the way up, Leslie Ross and Amy would not have caught up to me on the pitch. A great surprise to find good friends to share some rarified air, long-needed sun, and some great vertical. if Father Dyer Peak wasn’t in the way, I think I might’ve been able to see the house i grew up in back in Los Angeles.” If you’re on the Summit Voice home page, there’s more, after the break …

Iowa Mill, below Baldy, half-buried in snow at 11,234 ft.

First-lap tracks, century-old snag ...

Park County from the Baldy Nipple ... Pikes right behind Boreas Mountain-horizon right.

Gore Range — above poles — melting into the Ten-Mile Range — above pack.

First-lap tracks just visible below the Iowa mine; Grays and Torreys in background.

100 turns from the summit — upper right, snow staring to pinwheel.

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