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05-08-2009 08:51 AM
killclimbz Still a ton of snow up there. I hit it up last weekend. South facing stuff is starting to melt out. Especially on the South side of the pass. The main areas on the Winterpark side of the pass still have plenty coverage.
05-07-2009 01:09 PM
snowvols Does anyone know how the snow coverage is at Berthoud Pass?
04-30-2009 08:25 AM
killclimbz Hmmm, if you got a vehicle that can handle some moderate off roading (you'll need good clearance, Suby, truck, SUV) there is a ton of free camping just outside of Idaho Springs going towards Mt Evans. There are a ton of access roads on Forest Service land around there. You can just find a nice clearing and camp. No water, toilets, that sort of thing, but it's free. Bring your water and a shovel.

There is also an RV style campground in Idaho Springs. I think most of the forest service campgrounds which I think are about all located in Summit County or Winterpark are probably still closed due to the fact they are covered in snow. You could call the local Forest Service office, they'll be able to tell you what is open and what isn't.
04-29-2009 05:49 PM
snowvols Killz, is there anywhere to camp maybe to a two day trip? I called confluence kayaks and they have everything. Thanks a bunch for that info.
04-22-2009 02:09 PM
killclimbz Check the Wildy and Confluence Kayaks. Both are close to each other in Downtown Denver. With it being late season a lot of places are probably scaling back on these types of rentals. The Wildy and Confluence are small enough they will probably still do beacon rentals that late in the year.
04-22-2009 01:35 PM
snowvols I will look into the Denver stores for while we are out there. Thanks so much for your help as well. Hopefully this time we will be able to make some turns
04-22-2009 01:04 PM
killclimbz For a lot of it you can get away with boot packing it. Russel, No Name, and some of the other big lines are very accessible by foot. A lot more opens to you if you have snowshoes. At this time of year, the snow is generally fairly firm underfoot. Snowshoes give plenty of support. So a splitboard is not a necessary weapon to get out with. I will say that you should still carry full avy gear. If you time it right the likely hood of getting buried is pretty low, but it still can happen. If it does you're screwed if you don't have beacons or the gear to dig with. The snow hides what is going on underneath it, even digging a pit only tells you part of the story regulated to the area you are digging in. There are places that rent gear in Denver. All you would need is a pack to carry said gear and your board/skis. There is some amazing stuff that can be done at this time of year as long as the weather cooperates.
04-22-2009 12:57 PM
snowvols Yea we got him to go down a double black in West Virginia this year and was pretty scared. So hopefully he will come around, but he is on skis. When I drove by berthoud pass last month I didnt realize how big the pass was I guess since I just assumed it was all road access. For the hiking part can one do it in boots? or wouls snowshoes or skins be really the only way?
04-22-2009 12:36 PM
killclimbz There are definitely roadside runs at Bert, but at that time of year they are not very good quite frankly. All of them run down through treeline and conditions can be variable at best. On a very sunny day, you could get good spring corn, but the really good stuff is up high. About a 30-45 minute hike or longer. Loveland Pass has better access for this sort of thing than Bert does. You still have a bit of hiking to do, but it's quicker.

Skittish on the steep stuff? Man, most of the best lines start at 38 degrees and some of the most fun are over 50 degrees at the top. Low consequence falls for a majority of them, which is a good thing.
04-22-2009 12:13 PM
snowvols ok sweet. There will be me an my roommate and his brother. His brother gets skiddish easy on steep stuff. Thanks for the warning on avy stuff. We are hoping to just make a few laps and hitch hike back up and ride a basin a few days. Probably will be riding May 14-19 or so.
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