in Vail, Colorado
Shae Frydenlund ’10 lives in Vail, working as a rock climbing guide and ski instructor. A “mountain girl at heart,” Frydenlund returned to her home state of Colorado after spending a year abroad as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Here’s her insider’s scoop.
If you’re in Vail, be sure to get on some rock! Head over Battle Mountain to the Clutter Gardens, a vast collection of boulders nestled in aspen groves, and challenge yourself with some of the state’s best bouldering.
If mountain biking strikes your fancy, head up Meadow Mountain off Highway 24, one of the nation’s best single-track trails. Park at the Holy Cross ranger station and start pedaling! The track winds through breathtaking aspen groves and open meadows, with views of the Gore Range. Pack a picnic lunch so you can pause to take it all in at the Line Shack at the top of the ridge.
Grab your skis and hit pristine powder lines at the resorts. Or, explore the historic 10th Mountain division hut — which is actually not a hut at all, but an elegant lodge perched high on the Continental Divide under the foot of Homestake Peak. Ski or snowshoe from Tennessee Pass, and after a satisfying trek up, enjoy hot cocoa by the wood-burning stove.
Vail is the epicenter of ice climbing in Colorado, and boasts some of the best lines in the nation. The Rigid Designator Amphitheatre outside Vail is home to the famed Fang pillar and other noted ice formations. Hire a guide for the day (or call me!) and ascend glittering spires of ice high above the Rockies. Celebrate the day as you defrost at Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards — their pizza and a pitcher deal cannot be beat!
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Two 1993 alumni couples met up on Colgate Day with their families last July in Ft. Sumter, S.C.: Cory ’93 and Mary Dunlap ’93 Carbaugh (left) from Virginia and Keith ’93 and Stephanie Corbin ’93 Cunningham from Texas.