Comin’ down Dino’s Revenge

Our good friend, Jacob Mandell, is spending a little time down in CO as the times call for him to be away for a bit. However, as Jacob is away from his beloved Cascades, he’ll still do what it takes to get some good “post season” snowriding. Check out the video along with a few words, Jacob put together of his recent trip, just out of the Steamboat Springs zone.

Since moving to Northwest Colorado I’ve been wanting to check out the Zirkel Wilderness. The Zirkels are a little north of Steamboat Springs, where I live, and have the biggest steepest mountains in the area. The hard part about getting out there is access. A gated Forest Service road 6 miles from the trailhead keeps the area hard to reach until June. I decided to head out solo for a couple days to check out the Zirkels, and get there from my house via bike. Its a awesome 20 mile bike ride on open county roads, than turns into a 12 mile forest service road, that culminates in 6 miles of steep dirt road. I skinned in 4 miles and a few thousand feet and made a high base camp below Big Agnes Mountain. The next morning I summited Big Agnes and skied stellar corn back to camp! A nice split ski out and a bike ride home got me back before the late afternoon thunder showers.

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