Aug 25 – 3109/06/2014

8/25/2014 Mon – Chavanne Vieille (1:18, 2500′) Joe and I were determined to find this faint dashed line that we could see on our map but that wasn’t completely obvious in the real world, on the side of a mountain. We explored up the western…

Aug 11 – 2408/26/2014

8/11/2014
Mon – Mt. Elbert (2:12, 4500′)
Up West Ridge, down NE Ridge from Halfmoon Creek. Great run. This outing gave me the confidence that I can actually do UTMB. I’ve been maintaining–even improving–my fitness for the past month, but I haven’t been able to do much or any legitimate running. Today’s route involved 45min of running before the 3000′-in-one-mile hump up the backside of the peak and 40min descent down the standard trail. Not only was my shin pain-free with all the running, but I matched my PR for the West Ridge climb despite the crisp temps rendering the talus footing a bit frosty…

Aug 4 – 1008/11/2014

8/4/2014
Mon – 1st & 2nd Flatirons (1:00, 1600′)
I had to get up to Twin Lakes for an NB photoshoot, so I just did another easy hiking/scrambling cruise from Chautauqua to baby my shin. After downclimbing off the First I decided to just downclimb the Freeway on the Second, too, to spice things up…

July 21 – Aug 308/08/2014

7/21/2014
Mon – 1st & 2nd Flatirons (0:58, 1600′)
Biked up to Chat under the merciful cover of some high, thin clouds—it would’ve been unbearably hot otherwise as temps have been pushing into the upper-90s in Boulder lately—and resolved to just take it easy on the shin, all hiking and scrambling, no running.

July 14 – 2007/23/2014

7/14/2014
Mon – Handies Peak (2:01, 4500′)
Parked at the Grouse Gulch aid station spot and headed up and down the mountain via American Pass. I never really realized it, but the vast majority of people who climb this mountain are doing it from American Basin or even Burrows Park. It’s a long hump from Burrows, but there isn’t the frustrating 500′ loss in elevation that occurs when dropping into American Basin from the Grouse Gulch approach. The summit held a large, enthusiastic high school cross country team from Missouri. Cool to see them getting out and enjoying Colorado, but I wasn’t very inspired to hang out up there for long myself. I guess I’m turning into a bit of an old man…