Eastward the dawn rose, ridge behind ridge into the morning, and vanished out of eyesight into guess; it was no more than a glimmer blending with the hem of the sky, but it spoke to them, out of the memory and old tales, of the high and distant mountains.
J.R.R. TolkienThese have been a busy couple of weeks around Rocky Mountain National Park. The summer season is underway and many of us guides are out in the Park, climbing rock, snow, and a little bit of ice. For those of us who never say die, there’s still skiing to be had as well. There are so many facets of this report to update, my only fear is that I’ll leave something out!
I was in Moab for a brief vacation and during that time (last week) we began a very warm period that is ongoing. We haven’t had freezing temperatures at night in at least a week and if you’ve been paying attention to the news you’ll know this has wreaked havoc on the alpine snow. Rivers are flooding or near flooding, bridges are buckling, and citizens are putting out sandbags to help stem the rising tides. In the alpine the snow is disappearing at a record rate. Despite the heavy snows we rec’d in early May, the winter was overall a fairly poor one. Areas that normally have huge wind drifts have less coverage and what snow is left will soon be gone at this rate. This coming weekend we’ll enjoy a respite from the warm/hot temps with cooler, overcast weather (complete with a chance of snow!).
As always, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or updates; I’m always happy to help and grateful for your observations. I will continue to update as I get more information, so stay tuned. Thanks for reading and stay safe!
Andrew Councell is a CMS Guide and year-round Estes Park resident