I was fortunate to find someone who was willing to get up at 5 am on Christmas morning to head up to the mountains and check things out. The plan was to explore the North aspect of Mount Trelease (near Loveland pass) to see how the snowpack was and hopefully get some turns in if it was safe.
Early season snow has been decent so far and despite the typical sketchy Colorado snowpack we were able to find some lower angle stable terrain, get some turns in and check out the rest of the mountain.
Distance – 8.37 miles
Ascent – 2,608 feet
Area – North Aspect of Mount Trelease
Overall, not a bad day for so early in the season. This was my 5th day out in the past seven days and despite that I felt strong the whole day. The time I’ve spent on single leg specific strength and fast twitch aerobic development has really paid off. The small stabilizers muscles in my calves and hips have been a little taxed but my general fitness has felt great and recovery has been very fast between days. All of this is proof that the pre-season work is paying off and the extra weight I had put on is slowly coming off. It’s looking like it will be a great spring