Home, Home on the Frange

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 28, 2010      

By Joe Brannan, WildSnow Denali crew

Lou and the crew taught me a few things new this winter. One being that we urbanites from the Denver Metro are known as Frangers! What a great name (say it like “rangers”), I loved it immediately. Hey, the Front Range may not have the laid back inexpensive lifestyle and clean dust free air of Aspen or Telluride, but there are some fine days to be had ‘out the back door.’ Saturday in RMNP was a good example.

Seems like we always hit this part of the approach about the same time.


This reminds me of why its okay to get out of bed early.


This view never gets old. If the Chasm Lake Cirque doesn’t stir your soul, you belong in a cube farm.

Fine opportunities for adventure up there on and around the Diamond, but we were here for a moderate mixed route up Mount Lady Washington.


I always love it when the objective comes into view.

We found it!


Steep and tight.

And in fine shape…


There is something oddly satisfying about climbing ice with skis on my back.

Attention… attention… Longs North Face is IN for ski descents.

North Face

If only I wasn't leaving for Alaska...Who am I kidding?

Nothing like good skiing after good climbing:


Not a lot of extra words to say about this picture.

I don’t mind this “Franger” stuff too much…


Me, getting my bandanna style dialed in.

But I can’t stop thinking about Alaska.


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11 Responses to “Home, Home on the Frange”

  1. reukk May 28th, 2010 9:32 am

    the inexpensive lifestyle of aspen or telluride?

  2. Lou May 28th, 2010 9:57 am


  3. Perry May 28th, 2010 10:18 am

    You sure know how to take advantage of spring and backcountry skiing. Very jealous! 🙂

  4. CF May 28th, 2010 11:35 am

    awesome views/great pics….

    Hey that quick draw looks back clipped ?

  5. Patrick Odenbeck May 28th, 2010 12:35 pm

    :pinch: That screamer does look back clipped.

  6. Joe May 28th, 2010 12:46 pm

    I was waiting for someone to notice that! Haha
    The pro was a formality anyway, you would have to try to fall off that route :tongue:

  7. Joe May 28th, 2010 12:50 pm

    BTW – where was the editior on that one :ninja:

  8. kevin May 28th, 2010 2:10 pm

    Great article! As a former ’80s ski bum turned Franger, I will wear the new moniker with pride while I drive my rust free SUV to the trailhead and mix with the mountain types who Fear and Loath my infringement on their backyard. Time to crank up a little 100 Year Hall while I finish another day of breathing recycled air in corporate america while reading Wildsnow in my free moments

  9. Jarrett Luttrell May 28th, 2010 5:10 pm

    That looks like fun. The north face is caked. Are you going to ski Kieners? the second hundred feet off the top looked bad. Broadway looks like tough gibbing too.

  10. Toby May 28th, 2010 9:11 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, long live Frangers!! Love the view from the top looking down the range. Aspen is cool but I can see Pike’s Peak to Long’s Peak almost everyday. Good luck to the Denali crew, get after it! Dare I say git er’ dun!

  11. Mark W May 28th, 2010 10:31 pm

    Yes, it appears there is a back clip! Can’t Photoshop that out.

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