The summer wouldn’t be complete without getting out on the Four Pass Loop. There was actually a good amount of snow on the peaks after a recent round of cold, bad weather– kind of unusual for this time of year. It sure made for a pretty day and a great run. read more>>>
Looking over to South Maroon Peak, 14,156 ft., from the summit of the North Maroon. The broken ridge goes from the lower right towards the center of the photo. The less technical ledge system is on the right side and below the ridge.
The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act was this past weekend. The local papers have been covering the “news” that more people than ever have been cramming into certain wilderness areas around Aspen, and the local authorities seem surprised. One ranger went so far as to blame the increased popularity in Colorado on the legalization of marijuana– read the story here. I tend to think it’s a bit simpler. People need to get out in nature, and there aren’t enough places to go. read more>>>
After cresting treeline we had a long way to go on the ridge. We first had to go over the two Twin Peaks before getting to Rinker. You can see Twin Lakes out in the distance.
We wanted to go climb a mountain this past weekend, and we were unsure of where to go. We were looking for something that was tall, nearby, and was a summit we hadn’t yet climbed. It was actually kind of hard to find a mountain that fit that description. read more>>>
Pete, Dav, Christy, and Tim at the finish. Thanks guys!
The 2014 Hardrock 100 was last weekend.
When I kissed the rock the clock read 29:23, which was good for tenth place. It was my fifth top-ten finish at this race in as many years, and this year had the most competitive mens field the race has likely ever seen. read more>>>
I like my number. “Dewalt Tough” is in regard to John Dewalt, a race veteran who recently passed away.
It’s Hardrock 100 time again.
It’s hard to believe, but this year will be my 7th go at this race. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I was here for the first time.
Back in 2007 I made my first trip around this incredible course. I returned in 2009 and have run and finished every year since. You might think that after so many years things would get routine, but I don’t think this race could ever be described that way. Sure, the experience gained through the years makes certain aspects easier. I have less anxiety beforehand, training seems more efficient and organizing crew and drop bags is no longer a major practice in logistics — but as familiar as I might be with the course and what is needed to put together a good day, every year is a little different. It’s always exciting. read more>>>
On the descent from Spread Eagle Peak, looking south towards the heart of the Sangre de Cristos
We left town for the holiday weekend and made our way down to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for a little backpacking and peakbagging. The destination was a place known as Lake of the Clouds, and the goal was to climb two nearby 13ers, Cloud Peak and Spread Eagle Peak. read more>>>