This photoset was from a great day of xc-skiing out on the Sheep river in the front range the rocky mountains. Its as far as you can drive out in this area as the highways are all closed beyond this all winter due to snow levels.
The river is a great place to get deeper into the mountains with a relatively easy flat terrain route in. Skiing is perfect along the winter rivers because of this. And fortunately, there is some nice scenery to capture and share.
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The river has a few huge pits and 'breather' holes to avoid. You can see this pit on the left side of the pic, which is a spot to avoid, as usually the center of these holes are thin ice, or only snow and an easy place to fall in.
We knew of these waterfalls along the cliffs and wanted to ski past them to see them, potentially exploring up them and getting into some icewalks off the main river as well. It turns out, that the falls were closer to 30m (90') high and I thought they were only a few meters from the river. So, of course, we were not exploring this without a ton of gear. There were several groups of ice climbers with full gear climbing this for the day.
Eventually, we did find a incoming stream we were able to ice walk up and explore from the lower river. We had our traction for out shoes to easily walk up the ice. I was able to snap a photos here while have a nice jump from the ice! Turned out perfect.
I hope you enjoyed my pics again and would love to hear any comments!