Santa Fe Baldy

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Santa Fe Baldy

Post by skykilo » Sun May 11, 2014 3:18 pm

Santa Fe Baldy is the most prominent peak near Santa Fe, standing over 7,000 ft above the Rio Grande and more than 5,000 ft above the city. There are many possible worthy lines in a little cirque on the backside which I've been wanting to ski for going on a decade now. Today Micah and I skied a nice one in perfect spring conditions.

We skied the continuous line on the right.
It's another exciting picture on Ski Sickness

We clicked into our skis on the summit, glided down the ridge and gave the snow over the lip a little poke. It felt perfect. So Micah decided to drop it first and test the waters.
It's another exciting picture on Ski Sickness

Then I dropped it for continuous bliss on 700 ft of steep turns followed by some cruising to a traverse.
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So we hiked to the summit in tennis shoes, skied a sweet line, then traversed on skis to the ridge within a couple minutes of the trail. That was great!

We skied the southeast-facing cirque. Need to return to ski the northeast-facing aspect above Lake Katherine next.
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy

Post by skykilo » Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:47 pm

Since this is a thread with Santa Fe in the title: we just had our June heat wave where it's 90 degrees in Santa Fe for several days but now our first wave of thunderstorms is here, which tends to keep the temps lower. When it rains here, it really rains. Usually the arroyo behind my house is dry. Here's how it looked a minute ago:
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Re: Santa Fe Baldy

Post by DonJuanPakistan » Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:31 pm

DR. SHREDHARD

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Re: Santa Fe Baldy

Post by huevón » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:37 pm

skykilo wrote:Since this is a thread with Santa Fe in the title: we just had our June heat wave where it's 90 degrees in Santa Fe for several days but now our first wave of thunderstorms is here, which tends to keep the temps lower. When it rains here, it really rains. Usually the arroyo behind my house is dry. Here's how it looked a minute ago:
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Runnable, class II+. Get me an SUP and some antibiotics!

I had a couple of weeks in Ecuador that looks like that ("amoebas," they told me)

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