RTW Ruminations: Jan 19 – 2501/26/2015

1/19/2015
Mon – Flatiron Classics Scrambling (4:31, 6000′)
1st Flatiron->3rd Flatiron->Morning After->Green Mt Pinnacle West Chimney->Challenger->Green Mt->Angel’s Way->Achean Pronouncement->Primal Rib->Satan’s Slab->Tomato Rock
After a month away from any serious scrambling it was a real joy to get out for an extended session on the rock today…

RTW Ruminations: Jan 5 – 1801/18/2015

After some early-morning hiking/scrambling picture-taking with Fred for BUFF, I headed out to Gunbarrel to meet with Ultimate Direction. Buzz has done a remarkable job rejuvenating the brand as its director the last three years, and he continues to approach the role with vigor and enthusiasm. The main purpose of today’s meeting was to get an early look at some new pack designs…

RTW Ruminations: Jan 1 – 401/05/2015

This morning I accompanied my morning coffee with all 136 pages of Pat Ament’s Climbing Everest. It is an absolutely delightful little book that I stumbled upon in Trident a few weeks ago and bought simply because it was penned by Ament, a true pioneer and legend of North American climbing, who, as a 40+ year resident of Boulder did basically everything worth doing in the Flatirons and Eldorado Canyon. Whenever Joe and I are out rambling about in the Flatirons and we come across a piton, we’ll invariably refer to it as “Pattie’s Piton”. There’s usually a pretty good chance it actually is…

December, Second Half01/01/2015

12/15/2014 Mon – Green Mt. (1:47, 3000′) Yesterday’s snow (only a couple inches) enforced another running-only outing. I did the same exact route as yesterday—up the front of the mountain, down the Ranger Trail, and then, in a nod to my infirm ankle, pounded the…

December, First Half12/15/2014

Well, after a couple weeks off, I got started again at the first of the month with some activity, almost all big scrambling link-ups in the Flatirons, with gradual amounts of running introduced. The last couple of weeks have been anomalously dry and warm here on the Front Range, so maximizing the good weather with scrambling and climbing has made more sense to me than starting up any skiing yet…