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    Monarch Crest- Colorado's Premier Alpine MT Biking

    This is Colorado's if not the US's premier alpine ride. Just outside of Salida on the Continental Divide. I live less than hour away now and finally rode it the other week. . This picture sums up the ride. Definetly not New England. Much different than the logging road rides in Maine that...
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    Fruita Colorado

    I know not northeast but Any serious Mt bikers ever looking for a trip out west check out Fruita, CO. Finally got in a ride here earlier this week and some great riding and scenery. While you northeast riders are waiting for mud season to let up you can enjoy this trip report with lots of...
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    Monarch Colorado- A Miserable Experience 12-15-14

    So I skied Monarch Monday, my first time there and first time out this season. What a joke. For starters, they got 20 inches of snow the past 48 hours and it continued to snow the whole day- come on, No ice?. 2nd- It was a free ski day as long as you brought 2 canned goods to donate- This...
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    Is there an Alpine Zone type Forum for Colorado

    I moved to Colorado and have been looking for an informative forum like AZ for skiing info that is Colorado Centric., Is there anybody on this site that relocated out west or travels to CO a lot that knows of a skiing forum for CO?
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    Mountain Goats on Mt Antero (Colorado 14er)

    I posted a few of my hikes in CO on here even though they are not New England to share my experiences to anyone that has hiked or wants to hike out here. I won't bore Alpine Zone readers with all my western trips but I wanted to post this one because I never saw wild mountain goats and thought...
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    Triple Rainbow Route Salida CO 8.24.14

    I know it's not the northeast but I finally got in a serious MT bike ride since I moved to CO. If you are interested check it out at http://tomcatoutdoors.blogspot.com/2014/08/mountain-biking-triple-rainbow-route.html Great riding with lots of singletrack, huge elevation gains, and scenery.
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    Sangre de Cristo hike over July 4th weekend

    Now that I'm relocated to Colorado, I am not missing New England at all. Here is my first hike from CO at my blog http://tomcatoutdoors.blogspot.com/2014/07/hiking-comanche-venable-loop.html
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    Acadia National Park Carriage Roads 5.25.14

    The Carriage Roads are easy riding but with nearly 50 miles of trails and great scenery they never disappoint. Here is my 30 mile ride last weekend. http://tomcatoutdoors.blogspot.com/2014/05/cycling-acadia-carriage-roads-of-acadia.html Here is my blog with the trip report and pics. Very...
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    Nice spring day in Acadia 4.20.14

    I hiked Pemetic, Penobscot, and Sargent mountains and it was a gorgeous spring day. Most of the snow is gone except a couple of minor crossings. I have the full report and lots of pics of mountain and ocean views at my blog...
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    Bretton Woods?

    My preference is mountains like Sugarloaf and Jay Peak. I enjoy challenging terrain and am enjoy the woods when there is coverage. That being said is Bretton Woods worth the trip or would I get bored quickly. Is there enough glades to entertain.
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    Katahdin Winter Climb via Abol 3.9.14

    After 15 times on top of Maine it was time for a winter ascent. We did Abol from the winter trailhead on Sunday with 8+ miles of skiing in addition to the climb. Couldn't of asked for a better day. Full report and lots of pics on my blog...
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    Burke, Jay, & Owl's Head March 5-7

    Burke skied nicely, Jay skied better. Owl's Head, let's just say busy and ice. The full trip report with plenty of pics at my blog http://tomcatoutdoors.blogspot.com/2014/03/three-days-of-skiing-in-northern.html Not only ski report but more tales of -20 nights at the Subaru Inn.
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    Maine 100 Mile Wilderness XC- AMC Trails 2.23.14

    I know there are a few xc skiers on here so some might find this interesting. The AMC trails outside of Greenville Maine are free and see few people. There are 80 miles of trail. Here is a recent 18 mile trip to one of the more scenic sections of the trail system...
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    Smuggs, Gore, MRG 3 day trip 2/10-2/12

    I had three great days at Smuggs, Gore, and MRG. My first time at Gore, 2nd at the other two. I have the full report at my blog which has lots of pictures, tales of my nights at Le Subaru Motor Lodge in negative double digit temps, and a late night visit from VT state police. visit...
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    Gore Mtn first timer

    Heading to Gore next week. A few questions. What time do the lifts start during the week? Is there multiple base areas to park, which one is better for blue/black skier? It looks like numerous terrain pods, is it easy to navigate to different areas or is it confusing and require numerous...
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    Black Mountain Maine 1.5.14 You can't beat the $15 Lift Ticket

    For the price you can't beat the value of this place. It has just under 1400' vertical. The summit chair goes base to summit so every run takes in the vertical. The terrain isn't the most challenging but they are adding new trails and glades. And it's always $15 to ski. The conditions were...
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    Schoodic and Black Mountains in Downeast Maine 12.8.13

    Schoodic and Black are located not too far north of Frenchman's Bay and offer fine views from their open summits especially towards Acadia's mountains and the ocean. They are just over 1000' but like Acadia nearly all that elevation is gained since they are close to the ocean. Still free of...
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    Little Spencer Mountain: A Moosehead Lake Gem 11.30.13

    The mountains of the Mooshead Lake region are overlooked by many hikers. That's good for me because I get them to myself. The area is remote and getting to the trailhead is half the battle, especially if you aren't familiar with the area. One of the best in the region and finest views in Maine...
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    White Cap Range-20 Mile Day over 100 Mile Wilderness's Highest Summits 11.9.13

    I've been up White Cap several times but haven't seen rest of the range since my thru hike in 99. By linking up other trails with AT and some logging roads I found a long loop that I wanted to tackle in a day. White Cap is the crown of the range with good views in all directions on a good day...
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    Borestone Mountain 11.4.13 (Monson/Moosehead area, Maine)

    Borestone Mountain located at the edge of the 100 Mile Wilderness near Monson is a good bang for the buck that I sometimes escape to for a quick outing. With a free afternoon and just a few hours of light I headed there Monday afternoon. With crystal clear skies, I wasn't disappointed. At just...