Back To CO: 10/1 – 1210/13/2014

10/1/2014
Wed – Green Mt (1:39, 3000′)
After spending most of the day traveling back from Boston, it was great to get out in the evening for a lap on the hill. A big rainstorm blew through right before I ran, so scrambling was out and I enjoyed a nice, steep ascent up the 3rd access route. A giant cloud enveloped the summit just as I arrived, creating quite the magical atmosphere, and I had the good fortune to bump into Jeff V for some company on the descent…

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.