The 20th annual Elk Mountains Grand Traverse was this past weekend. It was the 15th time both Christy and I have completed this race, nine of which have been as a team.
The inaugural Father Dyer Postal Route ski mountaineering race took place last weekend in the mountains outside of Leadville. You might have to add this one to your calendar next season.
Christy and I completed another Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, our 14th, and 8th time as a coed duo. We just can't stay away. The annual ski race/pilgrimage From Crested Butte to Aspen started at midnight on Friday and sent 215 teams of two on the 40 mile journey. (more…)
Another Elk Mountain Grand Traverse has come and gone. The annual 40 mile ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen has become a rite of spring for Christy and me, we’ve done it 13 of the 17 years it’s been held, the last seven as a couple. We’ve always loved the event and we’ve encouraged anyone who’s curious to check it out. Unfortunately, for the 3rd time in the history...
What a day.... As we drove to the start of the race in Snowmass, the storm’s intensity increased. Despite the March 1st date, it was actually raining, so heavily that our windshield wipers were on high as if we were driving through a summer thunder storm. (more…)
Another year, another bout of punishing weather at the Breck Five Peaks. We haven’t had much luck timing the conditions at this event. Last year's race course had to be modified due to cold and wind, which was so punishing we were just happy to reach the finish. It was kind of a bummer because we were looking forward to the cool tour up and down the five peaks of...
The 2013 Elk Mountains Grand Traverse was this past weekend. As our last race of the season, we were thrilled to finish well-- Christy was the first female to cross the line and we nabbed the top spot in the Coed Division. And after twelve finishes here (six as a team), our time of 9:55 was the fastest we've done together, and PR for Christy. (more…)
Against our better judgement, Christy and I headed to Breckenridge to compete in the Five Peaks race. Earlier in the week we fully declared our intentions to pass on this years race if the weather forecast looked too rough, bad weather in Breck (known to some as "Breckenfridge") is usually colder and windier than anywhere else. Yet even though the forecast showed a sizable winter storm for race day, we...
The 3rd Annual Aspen Snowmass Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race was this past weekend. It's great to see this race so popular and run so smooth. Very often new events can be disorganized and struggle to find support. Fifty-eight teams of two took on the full course (14 more did the "Power of Two" half course) in perfect spring weather, and my guess is that those numbers are only...
Thanks to everyone involved for getting last nights ski mountaineering (skimo) race off successfully. Donning headlamps and the lightest touring gear they could find, about 30 people, a majority of whom were women, lined up for the 5:30pm start. It was the first of a series of four races to take place at Aspen Highlands this season, and hopefully many seasons to come. (more…)
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