Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Skins up, skis down

Let's see... you're at Crested Butte and you've got two hours to blow. What could you do? How about climbing up the mountain to the top of International, then the top of Peel, then the top of High Lift; then skiing down Headwall, them climbing up Schofield, then descending Hawks Nest, climbing Roseylane Gully, crossing Skadi's Ridge to the top of the Toilet Bowl, then into Never, Never Land, then traversing Spellbound in reverse, skiing down the Teo exit road, climbing up Teo Bowl and around the Highlift bull wheel to the Peak, down the Peel through Hockey Rink, and skiing down O-Be-Joyful for a climb to the old NASTAR shack?
That's what Crested Butte ski patrolman Ethan Passant did Saturday, in one hour, 54 minutes and 25 seconds.
The reason for all that up-down-and-around? The 4th Annual Mountain Hardwear Life-Link/Dynafit Randonnee Rally Skins Up and Skis Down. Passant was one of 44 competitors in the event that featured 5,000 feet of climbing.

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