Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross-- a.k.a. Decalibron, at least to those who obsess over 14ers here in Colorado. Peakbaggers love the easy Decalibron loop, allowing for four 14,000 foot summits to be tagged from the trailhead at Kite Lake, outside of Alma. (more…)
The text from my younger sister wished me a happy birthday and went on to say, "Hope you are doing something fun-and I don't mean running 100 miles or climbing a mt…hope u have a great day…" I guess we just disagree on what constitutes birthday fun. I was really excited for our plans later that afternoon-- to join a group of friends on a run up and down Quandary...
It's that time of summer, when the "monsoonal flow" brings regular wet weather to the state. The forecast for last weekend looked less than ideal for any sort of outdoor adventure, but we had made plans to go on a backpacking mission, so we headed out anyway. It's hard knowing not going, right? The goal was to climb Electric Peak (13,598 ft.), in the Northern Sangres, from North Brush Lakes....
It has been unusually hot and very crowded around town, so we decided to escape on a little camping trip last weekend. And whereas we often seek solitude in far away places, we took a chance on a local spot where we've always wanted to camp, up by South Fork Pass. (more…)
Christy and I went to Twin Lakes to run Mount Elbert last weekend, a favorite outing of ours and a pretty novel running experience considering it’s the tallest mountain in the state.
As exciting as it can be to see the weather change and a new season arrive, it's not always easy to let the old one go. Rather than accept it might be time to move on to different sports and activities more appropriate for the conditions, we stubbornly insist on trying to get in one more ski, run, or climb. (more…)
We made another trip into our favorite Colorado wilderness area- the Weminuche, more specifically, Leviathan Lake.
I guess the 3rd time is the charm. Back in 2006, despite a weather forecast for steady rain, Christy and I made the drive to Middle Cimarron Creek in the North San Juans, and backpacked high in the valley below Coxcomb Peak. We had long known of this uniquely shaped mountain near the Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn peaks, and had it on our list to climb. But the wet weather rendered...
We hit up a section of the snake-like Sangre de Cristo Mountains this past weekend for a combo trail run/peak bagging jaunt. For background, we spent a weekend in the area last summer, exploring nearby Rito Alto and Wild Cherry creeks, running the valley trails and then climbing onto the broad ridges (more…)
Ellingwood’s solo effort in late August day in 1921, the first reported ascent of the ridge that now bears his name, was way ahead of its time. Last weekend, Christy, Dirk and I followed in his footsteps, and despite the passing of ninety years, it seemed as though not much has changed.
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