Talk about Vast!
Just getting around to posting about last friday on Snow Mesa. (Just up the road from Rito Hondo, Creede area)
After several failed solo attempts in the last few years because of light (or lack of) wind we totally nailed the conditions. Just as forecast we found 15-25 WSW all afternoon while it was calm on the way past Rito Hondo at 10:30 and 5:30.
JA and I skinned about an hour up to the east from Spring Creek Pass on a groomed snomo trail. We launched on the corduroy at treeline and kited right up a sort of incision in the edge of the tabletop.
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Once on top the views of kiting terrain extend seemingly as far as the eye can see in every direction.
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We spoke with two locals slogging around up there on snowshoes who fortunately had a sense of humor as we raced around laughing maniacally.
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One tack was a non-stop 4.5 miles. Uncompahgre Peak in the background.
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When we'd finally had enough of that we kited right up Baldy Cinco in about 5 minutes and parked our kites 150' away from the 13420
foot summit. The approach incision is just off Jonny's right elbow.
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Snow Mesa is only one of at least three vast plateaus east of Spring Creek Pass and west of Creede that are all connectable by kite on the right day.
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