To the Top of Keystone

So this year Jeb and I upped the ante on our skiing by purchasing packs that would hold our skis, so that we could hike higher than where the chairlifts go.

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Trying to get mentally prepared for almost 1,000 feet of gain with heavy skis on my back.

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The hike was brutal but the view is always worth it in Colorado.

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So here is my verdict on the packs: they are a necessary evil for this type of activity. It is by far the easiest way to carry your skis but they still feel very far from light like this.

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Jeb went ahead of me to take pictures. The weekend before we had done the same thing except I didn’t have a pack yet so Jeb carried both pairs of skis. So by comparison this time was easy for him.

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Still trekking along…

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I wish this picture truly conveyed how steep and tough it was.

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Pooped.

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Maybe slightly tired?

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Just after this picture I realized I still had to get down the entire mountain and the hard part wasn’t over yet! But for then it was still all smiles.

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