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From Summit to summit

Local ski mountaineer, Michele Koss, of Wildernest approaches the top of the classic Dragons Tail Couloir, located on Flat Top Mountain, on a recent outing to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Gary Cohen / Special to the Daily |

Even though we live high in the Rocky Mountains, there is something about the peaks skimming the clouds that gives residents a sense of wonder and awe every time you look up. The view looking down from one is even more inspiring, which is why many residents not only play on our peaks year-round, but also vacation on other people’s mountains, as well. Silverthorne resident Dave Matthews is no exception, as he spent June 5-7 summiting Slovenia’s Triglav peak — the highest mountain in that country. Matthews was led on the technical climb by Slovenian Janez Polajnar. After completing the hike, Matthews commented in the Slovenian newspaper, Dnevnik: “This was the most physically and mentally challenging events of my life. I shall never forget this adventure of a lifetime.”

A little closer to home, Summit County ski mountaineers Michele Koss, Charlie Khoury, Devin Lane and Derek Zachmann hiked through Rocky Mountain National Park earlier this month. The group eventually skied down Dragons Tail couloir on the southeast face of Flat Top mountain.


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