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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby gdthomas » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:12 pm

1 - Mountain Town
Vail, Ouray

2 - Place to eat in Mountains? Place to eat in Front Range?
Mirabelle (Beaver Creek)/Avenue Grill (17th Ave., Denver)

3 - Gear Shop
Alpine Quest

4 - Ski Resort? Sidecountry area? Backcountry area?
Vail, Crested Butte

5 - 14er
Pyramid, Sunlight Spire

6 - 13er
Vestal, Rio Grande Pyramid

7 - 12er
None

8 - peak below 12k
None

9 - Range
San Juan

10 - Basin
Vestal

11 - Wilderness Area
Weminuche

12 - overall outdoor company
Marmot

13 - vehicle for the mountains
Rubicon

14 - place to backpack
Anywhere in the Weminuche

15 - Campground
Thirty-Mile, Mt. Princeton (both NF campgrounds)

16 - free car camping spot
None

17 - outdoor crag for sport climbing? Trad climbing?
Monolith (near Twin Lakes)

18 - Alpine route
NW Ridge Pyramid

19 - Lake
Willow

20 - Book on climbing (can be a guidebook as well)
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, Halfway to Heaven

21 - Concert Venue? Favorite Show?
Red Rocks/Led Zeppelin

22 - Scenic Byway
Alpine Loop

23 - Highway/Road Pass? Mountain Pass?
Molas Pass/Imogene Pass

Feel free to add anything else:

Place to drink in the mountains/Front Range?
Vendetta's (Vail), Woody Creek Tavern(Aspen)/Whatever is closest

Sports team to watch:
Denver Nuggets, CU Buffs football

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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby TomPierce » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:28 pm

Agreed, this is fun:

1 - Mountain Town=Telluride for the beauty, town itself is OK. Ouray is nice too, less pretentious I suppose.

2 - Place to eat in Mountains? Place to eat in Front Range? = Depends on the occasion, the company, hard to answer that one.

3 - Gear Shop = Mostly online; usually cheaper and I'm super picky about gear. For an unusual piece of gear, probably Neptune. For simple replacements (slings, rap material, Cytomax) the closest REI, whatever.

4 - Ski Resort? Sidecountry area? Backcountry area? = Go ahead and give me crap, but I like Loveland in good conditions. Cheap, accessible, a nice day area, variety of terrain. Great for my kids too. I gave up BC skiing, just use BC skis for gear hauling to the base of climbs now.

5 - 14er = Non-US: The Matterhorn; US: Longs

6 - 13er (Carl Dowdy is exempt from having to answer this one) = Lizard Head

7 - 12er = Peak 12,740, a beautiful scramble (5.0) in the Sangres. Gorgeous valley.

8 - peak below 12k = Squaretop (no, not the one by Bierstadt, the obscure one by Pagosa Springs, easiest route is 5.7).

9 - Range = San Juans, just so pretty down there.

10 - Basin = Ruby; Lone Eagle Cirque is a tie

11 - Wilderness Area = Weimenuche (sp??)

12 - overall outdoor company = Ortovox or Beyond for clothing, BD for hardware; PHD Software or Nunatak for down goods. Sorry, "overall" trends toward mediocrity :lol: .

13 - vehicle for the mountains = someone else's 4WD...pleeease with a skilled driver!

14 - place to backpack = See above, San Juans

15 - Campground = anywhere reasonably scenic with no bugs, quiet, a stream for my kids to play in, my wife and some comfy chairs and wine...

16 - free car camping spot = Nat'l Forest land pullouts, lotsa those come to mind. The Cimarron Valley by Ridgeway is very hard to beat.

17 - outdoor crag for sport climbing? Trad climbing? = I like Clear Creek Canyon for sport, South Platte or alpine for trad.

18 - Alpine route = In the US? If so, probably one of the Longs trade routes.

19 - Lake = Jackson Lake, Grand Teton, tied with Mirror Lake, Lone Eagle cirque.

20 - Book on climbing (can be a guidebook as well) = Annapurna.

21 - Concert Venue? Favorite Show? = I have kids in elementary school, so not much comes to mind. That said, we've gone to a show at the Botanic Gardens and liked that.

22 - Scenic Byway = Probably Hwy 550

23 - Highway/Road Pass? Mountain Pass? = Red Mountain. Fond memories of the Iron Horse Classic bike race there.
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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby Papillon » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:32 pm

gdthomas wrote:
16 - free car camping spot
None


Greg, what about that free spot above Ouray? The one you pulled the camper up a few years back? The one with the super steep road?
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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby rijaca » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:40 pm

Favorite of the following :

1 - Mountain Town: Creede

3 - Gear Shop: Bent Gate

4 - Ski Resort? Sidecountry area? Backcountry area?: Loveland

5 - 14er: Crestone Needle

6 - 13er (Carl Dowdy is exempt from having to answer this one): Arrow

7 - 12er: Toll or Bison

8 - peak below 12k: Raleigh

9 - Range: San Juans

10 - Basin: Ruby or Vestal

11 - Wilderness Area: Weminuche

13 - vehicle for the mountains: Chris' 4 runner or my Pathfinder

14 - place to backpack: Weminuche

16 - free car camping spot: Not saying

18 - Alpine route: Wham Ridge

19 - Lake: Anne

20 - Book on climbing (can be a guidebook as well): Borneman and Lampert Guide to the CO 14ers

21 - Concert Venue? Favorite Show?: Telluride Town Park, Grateful Dead Aug 1987.

22 - Scenic Byway: Peak to Peak Highway

23 - Highway/Road Pass? Mountain Pass? Hwy 550 Molas Pass

Feel free to add anything else.

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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby RogerMN » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:42 pm

1 - Mountain Town - Durango, great college experience there.

2 - Place to eat in the mountains - what's that Czech place in Georgetown? Love it. Otherwise Gazpacho in d town

3 - Gear Shop - surefoot Vail...happy feet make everything else better

4 - Ski Resort? Sidecountry area? Backcountry area? - Steamboat, Ophir pass

5 - 14er - Mt. Of the Holy Cross

7 - 12er - Hesperus

8 - peak below 12k - the needles

9 - Range - San Juans

11 - Wilderness Area - Weminuche

12 - overall outdoor company - the least expensive haha

13 - vehicle for the mountains - F 150

19 - Lake - vallecito

22 - Scenic Byway - hwy 550

23 - Highway/Road Pass? Mountain Pass? - rabbit ears or red mtn
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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby gdthomas » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:52 pm

Papillon wrote:
gdthomas wrote:
16 - free car camping spot
None


Greg, what about that free spot above Ouray? The one you pulled the camper up a few years back? The one with the super steep road?


This is what's scary about the internet. You can never know everything you've said or when/where you said it. In any event, I don't recall the name of that spot but I had a camper so that doesn't count. Besides, it wasn't a favorite since I couldn't turn around and had to have another vehicle pull my car and camper up the damn road.

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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby vonmackle » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:53 pm

1 - Mountain Town- Telluride

2 - Place to eat in Mountains? Hmmmm...they all seem to have gone out of business.
Place to eat in Front Range? Watercourse Foods in Denver or Yak and Yeti in Arvada (Indian restaurant with a brewery!)

3 - Gear Shop- REI

4 - Ski Resort? Wherever I get a free lift ticket.

5 - 14er- Longs

6 - 13er-Navajo

7 - 12er-Bison

8 - peak below 12k- 10,926

9 - Range-Gore

10 - Basin- Lone Eagle Cirque

11 - Wilderness Area- The Lostcreindianpeaglesnest Wilderness

12 - overall outdoor company- REI

13 - vehicle for the mountains- my Outback fitted with a memory foam mattress.

14 - place to backpack- see wilderness area

15 - Campground-Echo Park, Dinosaur National Monument

16 - free car camping spot- that place off the road where you decide to pull over because it's dark, you're tired, and you don't know where the hell you are.

17 - outdoor crag for sport climbing? Trad climbing? NA

18 - Alpine route- Valhalla from the South Rock Creek Drainage- pretty fun exercise in route finding.

19 - Lake- Chasm or Crater (Lone Eagle)

20 - Book on climbing (can be a guidebook as well) Lisa Foster's Rocky Mountain National Park book- it's reads like a Choose Your Own Adventure.

21 - Concert Venue? Mackey Auditorium (Boulder) Favorite Show? Ween at the Fox in Boulder on their Twelve Golden Country Greats Tour.

22 - Scenic Byway 550 Ouray to Silverton

23 - Highway/Road Pass? Kebler Pass
Mountain Pass? ???
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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby geojed » Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:21 pm

1 - Mountain Town
Ouray, CO; Bishop, CA
2 - Place to eat in Mountains? Place to eat in Front Range?
South Park Bowl Cafe - Fairplay, Thai Basil - Littleton
3 - Gear Shop
Sierra Trading Post
4 - Ski Resort?
Copper Mountain
5 - 14er
CO: Castle or Crestone Peak, CA: Mt Sill
6 - 13er
CO: Tie - Ice Mountain & Mt Adams, CA: Black Giant/Goddard, WY: Fremont Peak
7 - 12er
Bear Mountain - 12,987' http://www.elev8tedphotography.com/Colorado/silverton/20885151_ZQcz2H/1895844945_HFDb8zv#!i=1895844945&k=HFDb8zv&lb=1&s=A
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8 - peak below 12k
Thorodin/Tremont Mtn
9 - Range
In US: Sierra Nevada, In CO: San Juan
10 - Basin
In CO: Pierre Lakes, In CA: Ionian, Evolution, Dusy
11 - Wilderness Area
Weminuche
12 - overall outdoor company
BD or Mountainsmith
13 - vehicle for the mountains
Subaru Forester
14 - place to backpack
Hands Down - John Muir Trail - Sierra Nevada
15 - Campground
N/A
16 - free car camping spot
Along Castle Creek/Pearl Pass Rd.
17 - outdoor crag for sport climbing? Trad climbing?
N/A
18 - Alpine route
N/A
19 - Lake
Pierre Lakes (CO), Evolution, Palisade, Rae Lakes (CA), Island Lake (WY)
20 - Book on climbing (can be a guidebook as well)
The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna; Guidebook: Classic Climbs of the Cordillera Blanca Peru
21 - Concert Venue? Favorite Show?
N/A
22 - Scenic Byway
4X4 Alpine Loop
23 - Highway/Road Pass? Mountain Pass?
HWY Pass: Molas, 4X4 Road: Hurricane or Imogene Pass, Mountain Pass: Forester, Muir, Mather Passes along JMT(Sierra Nevada)
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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby DaveSwink » Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:24 pm

This is fun. Here are my picks:
This fun. Here are my picks:

1 - Mountain Town - Lake City

2 - Place to eat in Mountains? Quincy's (amazing value) Place to eat in Front Range? Southern Sun in Boulder

3 - Gear Shop - Neptunes

4 - Ski Resort? Eldora (only resort I know - the nordic trails are awesome) Sidecountry area? Indian Peaks Backcountry area?

5 - 14er - Mount of the Holy Cross

6 - 13er (Carl Dowdy is exempt from having to answer this one) Mount Lady Washington (fav workout)

7 - 12er Sharkstooth in RMNP (Spearhead is a bit better, but already been called out)

8 - peak below 12k - Twin Sisters

9 - Range - San Juans

10 - Basin - Longs Peak basin (the one with the Diamond and Martha's, not Glacier Gorge or Wild Basin)

11 - Wilderness Area - Weminuche Wilderness

12 - overall outdoor company - Patagonia

13 - vehicle for the mountains - Subie Forester

14 - place to backpack - Wild Basin

15 - Campground - Meeker meadows back country campspot

16 - free car camping spot

17 - outdoor crag for sport climbing? Trad climbing? Flatirons

18 - Alpine route - Spearhead RMNP

19 - Lake - Sandbeach Lake

20 - Book on climbing (can be a guidebook as well) - Extreme Alpinism (Mark Twight)

21 - Concert Venue? Favorite Show?

22 - Scenic Byway

23 - Highway/Road Pass? Mountain Pass?

Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby Chicago Transplant » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:10 pm

I may or may not be answering these seriously, you never want to give away too many favorites on a public forum after all :P

1 - Mountain Town: Ouray, but living in Avon is pretty cool too

2 - Place to eat in Mountains? Depends on what I am in the mood for I guess, hard to pick just one Place to eat in Front Range? Smoking Yards in Idaho Springs (anything east of the tunnel is Front Range to me)

3 - Gear Shop It was the Bag and Pack in Avon, but they closed last fall

4 - Ski Resort? Sidecountry area? Backcountry area? Gotta be Keystone :mrgreen:

5 - 14er Holy Cross

6 - 13er (Carl Dowdy is exempt from having to answer this one) Pigeon

7 - 12er Spider

8 - peak below 12k Independence Monument

9 - Range Sawatch

10 - Basin Ruby

11 - Wilderness Area Seeing as you Denver folk invade my local one: Indian Peaks. You guys are missing out by driving up here you know...

12 - overall outdoor company Black Diamond

13 - vehicle for the mountains I've been liking the new Outback since I got it, can't do as much off road as the Xterra did, but its got good gas mileage and I can sleep in it

14 - place to backpack The 'Nuche

15 - Campground Trunk of my car

16 - free car camping spot Some guys driveway in Aspen (not me, but a friend did this once in the dark by accident...

17 - outdoor crag for sport climbing? Gilman Trad climbing? Flatirons

18 - Alpine route Wham - Center Shift variation

19 - Lake I could probably come up with about 20, the one I've hiked to most is either Booth or Pitkin though

20 - Book on climbing (can be a guidebook as well) Annapurna

21 - Concert Venue? Fillmore or Ogden, a sucker for the historic places. Favorite Show? Snoop Dogg at Spring Back to Vail, must have been the whitest Snoop show ever.

22 - Scenic Byway Million Dollar Highway

23 - Highway/Road Pass? Red Mtn Pass Mountain Pass? Kneeknocker
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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby Jesse M » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:38 pm

1 - Mountain Town-Steamboat Springs

2 - Place to eat in Mountains? Place to eat in Front Range?-Adams Mountain Cafe in Manitu Springs

3 - Gear Shop-REI

4 - Ski Resort?-Steamboat or Powderhorn

5 - 14er-Sneffels

6 - 13er-Pacific

7 - 12er-Neva

8 - peak below 12k-Grayback

9 - Range-San Juans

11 - Wilderness Area-Indian Peaks

12 - overall outdoor company-The North Face

13 - vehicle for the mountains-One day I will own a Rubicon

14 - place to backpack-Colorado Trail

16 - free car camping spot-Near Winfield

17 - outdoor crag for sport climbing?-Red Rocks
Trad climbing?-Unaweep Canyon

19 - Lake-Pacific Tarn

20 - Book on climbing (can be a guidebook as well)-Roach 13er book or Coopers Colorado Scrambles

21 - Concert Venue? Favorite Show?-Warped Tour 2001 at some Denver area fair grounds or Real Big Fish at the Mesa Theater in Grand Junction.

22 - Scenic Byway-The road that goes over the Grand Mesa

23 - Highway/Road Pass? Mountain Pass?-Highway 24 and the view from Wilkerson Pass
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Re: Lists of Favorites

Postby Brian Thomas » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:40 pm

1 - Mountain Town
Silverton or Marble are pretty cool

anna wrote:2 - Place to eat in Mountains? Place to eat in Front Range?
Mountains - High Mountain Pies in Leadville

3 - Gear Shop
Wilderness Exchange

4 - Ski Resort? Sidecountry area? Backcountry area?
Crested Butte

7 - 12er
Bison Peak

vonmackle wrote:8 - peak below 12k- 10,926

13 - vehicle for the mountains
1999 Honda CR-V

16 - free car camping spot
On CR-250 near the Shavano TH

19 - Lake
Lake Erie, Ohio

21 - Concert Venue? Favorite Show?
Franklin County Vermont Airport, the Grateful Dead, 1994
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