Mayflower Gulch Training Day

As I plan for my Mt. Huntington ascent, I’m training for the long hard days that are typical for big Alaska climbs. It’s important to mix up cardio, strength and just being outside on your feet all day. Backcountry skiing last week at Mayflower Gulch between Copper Mountain and Leadville provided the perfect setting. Timmy O’Neill described it as a “cathedral of gendarmes plastered with late season snow.” Deep in the cirque, I could hear the echo of the ridgeline standing out against the immensity of the sky. I always hope for a warm sunny day, but as we crested the ridge, we were blasted by wind and cold. A little suffering is great for training too. Thanks for the guiding and camaraderie, Timmy O’Neill, Skyler Williams and Aaron LaVanchy!

Photo Credits: Skyler Williams


As always, Skyler skis 30 turns below, clicks his poles and I ski toward the sound. 

Despite conditions, we skied some beautiful lines.