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Today 08:40 AM
killclimbz
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Originally Posted by DrGreeNThumB420 View Post
i'd recommend getting gear(beacon,shovel,probe) and AIARE Level 1 class
This.

You'll need to find people who enjoy getting out and as linville said, a similar acceptance of risk. The problem is some people may have an acceptance of risk that is likely to get someone killed.

Friends of Berthoud Pass will be starting up our free avalanche awareness classes next fall. Classes run about two hours and are a great primer for your level 1. We'll probably have the schedule out sometime in September. There is also a free one day on snow component that will be held over a weekend in late January/early February. Again, a great primer if you haven't taken your L1 by then.

There is a lot to learn but it is fairly easy. The problem is, a small mistake can lead to huge problems. It doesn't take much. It's the little things that make the difference.
Today 07:47 AM
DrGreeNThumB420
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Originally Posted by Powhunter View Post
Made the decision to get involved in the BC next winter. Started reading Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain. So much more to snow than I realized! Any tips from anyone In Regards to getting started in the Colorado BC? Seems our snowpack is the sketchiest of them all...
i'd recommend getting gear(beacon,shovel,probe) and AIARE Level 1 class
Yesterday 11:04 PM
linvillegorge Get with a group of experienced BC riders with a similar level of risk acceptance.
Yesterday 10:52 PM
Powhunter Made the decision to get involved in the BC next winter. Started reading Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain. So much more to snow than I realized! Any tips from anyone In Regards to getting started in the Colorado BC? Seems our snowpack is the sketchiest of them all...
05-09-2016 10:31 PM
deagol today was brutal, left home at about 3:00 am to drive to trailhead.. brutal winds on the mountain (50 mph sustained with blowing snow), got blown off the slopes, a summit was not possible.

Made it to about 13,500' when we decided to turn around. very hard to transition to ride mode in those winds...

descent started in sastrugi then we did find some wind blown powder.
05-05-2016 08:57 AM
deagol
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Originally Posted by Mystery2many View Post
"The 6,240-acre Rocky Flats Plant (USDOE) site is located about 16 miles northwest of Denver and 10 miles south of Boulder, Colorado. The Rocky Flats Plant operated from 1952 until 1989 as part of the United States’ nationwide nuclear weapons complex. The facility manufactured trigger mechanisms for nuclear weapons from various radioactive and hazardous materials. Manufacturing activities, accidental industrial fires and spills, support activities, and waste management practices contaminated soil, sediment, groundwater and surface water with hazardous chemicals and radioactive constituents." -EPA.GOV



That's enough for me to stay far away.
and here is one of the comments from a reader:

"My aunt worked at Rocky Flats for 13 years. She had 3 kinds of breast cancer and survived for 13 years. Then, was diagnosed with lung cancer that moved to her bones, although I still think it started in her bones. At any rate, she left this Earth in Nov 2014.."
05-05-2016 08:38 AM
Mystery2many "The 6,240-acre Rocky Flats Plant (USDOE) site is located about 16 miles northwest of Denver and 10 miles south of Boulder, Colorado. The Rocky Flats Plant operated from 1952 until 1989 as part of the United States’ nationwide nuclear weapons complex. The facility manufactured trigger mechanisms for nuclear weapons from various radioactive and hazardous materials. Manufacturing activities, accidental industrial fires and spills, support activities, and waste management practices contaminated soil, sediment, groundwater and surface water with hazardous chemicals and radioactive constituents." -EPA.GOV



That's enough for me to stay far away.
05-05-2016 08:30 AM
killclimbz
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Originally Posted by zackmorris View Post
^interesting



I rode Silver Couloir on Buffalo Mountain Tuesday. We climbed straight up the face. Very tough climb..would've been nearly impossible without our crampons/ice axes. A great ride though.










The Silver is one of North America's 50 classics. Nice work! I did it five or six years ago. Definitely one of the best couloirs in the state. Dragon's Tail in RMNP ranks up there too.
05-05-2016 08:08 AM
deagol
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Originally Posted by linvillegorge View Post
I know we had a discussion on the new Rocky Flats development projects awhile back and figured I'd share this interesting recent article.

Rogue Agent | 5280

Interesting excerpts:

Smith, who retired from the EPA in 2002, lives in Golden. He says he believes the refuge is safe. However, he adds, “Based on some of the things we saw out there, there were areas where they had stuff buried for years.” And when I asked him if he would buy a house in the Candelas development near Rocky Flats, his response was: “Not now, not ever. I think people are nuts buying downwind.”

Michael Ketterer, who came to Denver in 2013 to chair the Metropolitan State University of Denver chemistry department, specializes in plutonium-isotope tracing. Ketterer has tested soil near Rocky Flats—including the Indiana Street corridor east of the refuge—and found elevated levels of plutonium compared with other locations he’s sampled in the continental United States. “There’s no other way to look at it,” Ketterer says. “Numbers don’t lie. There is a global background of plutonium, which everybody needs to take into account—but the baseline levels are far exceeded in the immediate vicinity of Rocky Flats. And we know with absolute certainty that it is from Rocky Flats.”

Folks, if you're looking to move to Colorado, DO NOT BUY ON ROCKY FLATS! For god's sake don't do it. It's a fucking superfund site. Not only that, but I'd tell you the same thing if it wasn't. It's windy as hell 80% of the time and downright stupid wind more often than you'd think. There's a reason there's a wind energy research facility on the north side of Rocky Flats. It's a miserable place. Just don't do it. Even if you're not worried about the ground glowing in the dark, don't do it because of the insane wind and ground blizzards in the winter.
Interesting to read this. I rode past there twice last summer and was surprised to see this. I was sort of floored to see the development going on out there. I guess so many frickin people want to move here for this supposed lifestyle they think they will have, that they are desperate enough to do almost anything (or more likely ignorant of the areas' history). The marketing is quite cheesy, with all the banners they have along Coal Creek Canyon Road East of 93.

http://www.rockyflatsdownwinders.com/
05-05-2016 06:36 AM
AgingPunk
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Originally Posted by linvillegorge View Post
It's windy as hell 80% of the time and downright stupid wind more often than you'd think. There's a reason there's a wind energy research facility on the north side of Rocky Flats. It's a miserable place. Just don't do it. Even if you're not worried about the ground glowing in the dark, don't do it because of the insane wind and ground blizzards in the winter.
When I lived in Boulder in the early 90's a CU art student put up an art project on billboards out there, nuclear apocalypse warning of sorts. High winds destroyed the project pretty damn quick!
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