Operation Dark Snake (and another TrailGroove article)

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Before I get on with the trip report, I wanted to post that I had another article published by TrailGroove. This time on how to take care of your feet. Let me know what you think – http://www.trailgroove.com/issue10.html?autoflip=9

The latest issue of Trailgroove is one of the best ones yet, and I’m happy to say that the magazine has gotten so much attention that Aaron has decided to publish 9 issues a year instead of 6.

Secondly, I was unaware that I was selected for the May 2013 contributors spot for a few of my photos I submitted to freephotocourse.com. I like their website, and their online photography course is very well done considering it’s free. It goes over the basics very thoroughly.

http://freephotocourse.com/contributors-photo-gallery.html

Alright, time for the trip report

I am not normally one to practice civil disobedience, but Culebra Peak has a very long history of being problematic. I feel that the restrictions that the ranch owner puts on recreational use are not reasonable, although it is better than the access issues that have plagued the region in the past. Mountains should have unrestricted access, not just for the people that have extra money to burn to pay some landowner off so they unlock their gate. I understand some of it is due to liability reasons, which is sad. If you attempt something and get hurt on private property, its your own fault. Own up to it, and don’t drag someone else into it.

The route up Culebra through the ranch is also kinda boring. While looking at the route, I started wondering if there was some way to make up a route from a nearby road that wasn’t within the massive ranch property. After looking a bit, I found the themountaininstitute.com’s description of a long trail less cross country route. The route looked good, and I got very excited at the possibility of bagging a bunch of 13ers along the way. I knew that I wanted to do it this summer, and I just needed a good weather window near a full moon. September is normally a good weather month for alpine climbing, and last weekend initially was set up pretty well for making an attempt.

However, I made two mistakes. I tried to go stupid light, and didn’t carry what I would normally need if something went wrong during a trip as long as this, and I didn’t rest up as much as I should have before going for it, only getting 5 hours of sleep on Thursday, and another 5 hours Friday night.

The drive down to the start of the hike was uneventful, and I found the “trailhead” without any issues. Within 30 minutes, a truck came by as I was getting my pack prepped. Two guys and a girl from Breckenridge were in it, and asked if I was going for ODS, plainly stating that they were not out there to go hunting. Two of my friends were going to join me too, but they weren’t able to show up until much later. I thought about heading up and hiking through the night, but I was already tired and needed some sleep, so I slept in the car at the start, and started up the next morning around 6. Along the route I found 2 other people that had started just before I arrived the night before, and I wouldn’t have been surprised if there was another group or two that went up Thursday night and finished before I got there. It seems like the route is the dirty little secret that everyone knows about, but nobody talks about.

The route follows an obvious ridgeline, and the mountain institute site does a very good job of describing the route. Essentially, stay on the highest ridgeline the entire way from Mount Maxwell to Culebra and you’ll make it there. To prepare, I made a quick datasheet for the peaks and their coordinates, and printed off some topo maps of Google map terrain screenshots. USGS quads do exist for this area too, and can be found online.

One thing that isn’t readily available is accurate route mileage and elevation gain. I have read conflicting reports, and I wanted to nail down what the actual route entails.

Some quick directions first, you’ll want turn off highway 12 at the well signed road towards Purgatoire Campground, then go 3.7 miles along County Road 34, where you’ll see a designated camping spot and a road that goes over the north fork of the Purgatoire river and parallels the west fork of the Purgatoire. This road is actually in very good shape considering it’s an old mining road and doesn’t get a lot of traffic, and any vehicle with some decent clearance should be able to make it up 3/4 of the way to the top, and any stock 4WD vehicle should be able to make it up to the top. The road is 2.85 miles, and gains approximately 2125′ to get to the end of the 4WD road. There are lots of pull offs and sites that are appropriate for camping along the 4WD road. The road ends at tree line, and there are a few cairns that start heading up the ridge towards Mount Maxwell, but it’s a pretty obvious route straight up the middle of the ridge to the top of Mount Maxwell. The top of Mount Maxwell is another 1.15 miles, putting you at 4 miles total from the 2wd start, and a gain of 3780′.

From the top of Mount Maxwell, you can see your entire route in front of you, with the massive mound of Culebra in the distance. You can also see the Blanca and Crestone groups to your north and the Spanish Peaks to your east.

After Lomo Liso, the route starts to get harder and slower. If you get to the saddle between Lomo Liso and Miranda and you’re having trouble with the route, TURN AROUND.

Miranda is the most technical peak along the route, with a few easy 3 class moves. I choose to side hill around it, and climb some fun slabby crack climbing to get to the top, but the ridgeline has a knife edge and some exposure, but it’s short. Lots of scrambling before and after the 3rd class parts.

After Miranda there’s point 13565, which is easy, but steep on the south side, and then you’ll be on the slope of point 13701, the last big climb to Culebra. As tired as you’ll be at this point, don’t side hill around the north side, but go straight up the ridgeline, maybe just east of the ridgeline if the wind is kicking. Once you’re at the top of point 13701, its smooth sailing to the top of Culebra. If you side hill, you’ll run into some very rotten rock near the saddle.

For my trip, it took me just over 12 hours to hike from the start to the top of Culebra, 85% of the time I was above 12,300, and 40% of the trip was above 13,150′. The total elevation gain was 11,644 ft., and the total elevation loss is 7224 ft. For the return trip, those figures should be about the same, meaning that you will have over 18,000 feet of gain over the entire trip. The mileage will also be around 15.3 each way, giving a total round trip distance of 30.6 miles.

With these stats in mind, remember that the longest standard 14er route is the Barr Trail on Pikes Peak, and that’s only 7500 feet of gain and 26 miles RT on a well maintained trail.

The gain will obviously be less if you choose to traverse around the 13er summits, but there aren’t many chances to do that. Maxwell and De Anze can be traversed, avoiding ~300-400 feet of gain each time. The true top of Lomo Liso can also be bypassed, but you’ll be within ~100 feet of the top anyways, so just go for it.

If you’re like me, almost 12,000 feet along 15 miles of mostly off trail travel in 12 hours will make you pretty tired. I knew I should have brought my bivy gear, but I didn’t. In hindsight, that bivy sack, pad, and sleeping bag (around ~2 lbs total for the lightest stuff i have) would have been worth the weight, so if I ever do this again, I will definitely bring some bivy gear and plan on sleeping a few hours along the route before heading back.

Something to also note is that you will need to carry all of your own water because there is no water along the ridgeline, but there is water well below the ridgeline on the west side,  just north of the road Google maps calls “whiskey pass road”. Its almost 1000 feet below the ridgeline route, below a small crashed airplane you’ll see while traveling south of DeAnza Peak. While out of the way, its better than getting severely dehydrated if you failed to plan your water consumption correctly. You may ask why I know about this, and the reason why is because we took a different route back to avoid the wind and fog that battered us on the ridge overnight and most of the morning. It was definitely a longer route with more elevation loss/gain, so i would avoid it and just go along the direct ridgeline route as much as possible.

Please email me if you want the datasheet I made and/or the GPX files of the Culebra route. I don’t want to publicly post them, but I’m happy to share them.

Here is a Google map link to an overlay of the route

Posted in Alpine, Planning and Prep, Rock, TrailGroove Magazine

The Teton High Route

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It’s been a week since I got back from Grand Teton National Park and the trip met all my expectations. It was a little more difficult than I thought as I underestimated the amount of total gain. I made another data book, which can be found under the data book tab, and I will upload my GPX files after I’ve had a little more time to review them and edit out any defects (occasional skewed gps readings)

I drove up Friday after leaving work a little early. The Labor Day traffic going north was bad as I expected, but defiantly better than I70 west. As soon as I got past Fort Collins, the traffic disappeared, and I made it to the trail head a few miles past Flagg ranch a little after midnight without a hitch. After scouting out a decent spot to lock up my bike, I headed back to Flagg ranch. I figured nobody would care if I just slept in my car in the parking lot, but around 3am, the night watch woke me up. Apparently they don’t allow anyone to park in front, but he ended up leaving me alone as soon as I explained I was just waiting for the alltrans shuttle. If I would have done it again, I probably would have slept in my car at the trailhead, and then drove back to Flagg ranch in the morning before the shuttle came. The trailhead was quieter and darker, and would have made for a better night’s sleep.

Day one went just as planned. The shuttle picked me up at 7am, and I made it to Home ranch in Jackson by 9:45. I noticed on the shuttle that there was so much haze that you couldn’t see the mountains from Jackson Lake Lodge. I had a taxi pick me up here, and by 10:15 (a little later than I would have liked) I was at the trailhead. My worries about the haze disappeared when I realized that it was sitting in the valleys, and mountains were clear. The weather was perfect with cloudless bluebird sky and I ended up hiking till sundown, making it 19.5 miles to sunset lake just before it got dark enough to need my flashlight. The haze made for a very colorful alpenglow sunset as I hiked past Buck Mountain in the Alaska Basin.

Day two started off late and slow, which set me back for the rest of the trip. Because of the long drive, I only got 4 hours of sleep Friday night, so I ended up turning off the alarm that woke me up at 6:30, and I didn’t get up till after 8:30. After making breakfast and packing up, I got on the trail at 9:45. The weather stayed perfect, but it was a little slow going since I had to deal with some decent elevation gain over the first few miles, and the looseness of the 1000′ of gain to go up the south side of Table Mountain didn’t help either. After making it to the top of Table Mountain, I headed back down, losing over 3000′ before finding my next trail over Fred mountain pass. The hike down was enjoyable since I had a nice conversation with a local that had just finished hiking Table Mountain, and a group on horseback offered me a cold beer during the descent, which I couldn’t pass up. After hiking over Fred mountain pass and down to Leigh creek, I was set back by finding what seemed to be a major creek with a large watershed completely dry, and I was out of water. I also had found a blister on my toe, so I set to fixing it. While I was fixing it, a couple on horseback came down the trail. They told me that it was just a dry spot where the creek went underground, and that there was plenty of water just up the trail before having to climb up to granite basin. After my foot was fixed, I started the climb up to granite basin, and found a nice meadow ~2 miles before the basin to make camp at sunset.

Day three started off around 3 am when a few raindrops woke me up. I didn’t bother to set up my tarp and was just sleeping in my bivy sack with all my gear next to me. I was too groggy to put my tarp up, so I just pulled it out and draped it over me and my stuff, tying it off to my bivy to make sure it didn’t fly away if the wind kicked up. I woke up again at 6:30 when my watch beeped at me, and I got my stuff together, ate breakfast, and set off just before 7:30. When I had checked the weather on Friday, the weather looked great for Saturday and Sunday a 0% chance of rain, and gradually changed with 10% forecasted for Monday, and 40-50% showers on Tuesday. Apparently the storm moved in early, because I got hit by the rain at 8am, and lasted most of the day, getting heavy at times. It let up for a little bit while climbing up Dead Horse pass, and started again as I headed towards Nord pass. At the end of the day going over Nord pass, I stopped several times to admire the low lying clouds as the sunset, and took the video posted below. Soon afterwards I realized how far behind I was, and I needed to make up a few miles in the dark. That idea went out the window as I descended towards bitch creek. Heavy fog moved in after the sunset and the trail disappeared. The fog was very thick and disorientating, and I really didn’t want to bushwhack in the dark  in the very wet (and slippery) hills that lead down to the main creek, so I found a half decent spot and made camp.

I woke up extra early the next morning, knowing it was going to be a long day. I wanted to be at my car by 3pm for the drive home, and I was still behind where i wanted to be. The trail was still lost, and it was still very wet. Luckily the rain was gone, and stayed away for the rest of the day. After reviewing my map vs where i was based off landmarks, I realized that I should have probably veered right further up, and I could see where the trail should meet up with the main creek at the base of the valley. Not wanting to backtrack and waste time trying to find the trail, I set off straight towards where I believed that the trail would come out at the bottom of the descent. I found the trail like I thought, but I was soaked from all the wet brush. That trail lasted for another mile and a half, which luckily was most of the gain to get around Red Mountain, and then disappeared again as I headed towards Young’s point. After getting over the pass near youngs point, I decided that I would just head straight toward the last pass, avoiding the full elevation loss going down to Grizzly Creek. I only ended up avoiding around 200′ of gain, and there were a few steep sections that I had to descend, and gaining the elevation to Conant pass off trail was difficult, but I managed to make it to Conant pass just after noon, finding the trail just before the pass. If I didn’t have to make up time, I would have rather just navigated off trail to grizzly creek, where I probably would have found the trail that led to Conant and made the climb a bit easier. After Conant pass, I dug down deep and went into speed mode, covering the last 16 miles in less than 6 hours, which included a stop to change out socks near Berry Creek, a few water bottle fill ups, and running into a bear and a wolf on separate occasions. I made it to my bike at 6pm sharp, and biked the last few miles to my car, putting me at 26 miles for the day. For a reward, I had a 12 pack of soda chilling in the cooler in the back, and I stopped at the Ramshorn in Dubois for a very tasty burger and fries on the drive home. I wasn’t able to make it all the way back without stopping and sleeping a few hours outside of Rawlins, and then sleeping a few more hours near Virginia dale, CO. I woke up just in time to witness a beautiful sunrise (I’ve always loved the Virginia dale area near the state line), and made it back to Denver and pulled into work for a full 8 hour work day.

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The most memorable pieces of the trip was Alaska basin, Hurricane pass, the green lakes area just north of granite basin, and the area between Nord pass and Camp Lake. Berry Creek was very exciting, even though I was trying to move fast, I still was able to see a black bear and had my first wolf sighting.

In retrospect, I think I would have been a little more relaxed doing it in 4.5 days. For an alternate route, hiking east from Nord pass will drop you into Moose basin, which will give you a few different routes in the remote areas of Owl and Webb canyon. I think using either canyon as an alternate ending would be fun, and might make for a slightly easier last day.

I also didn’t realize that the Tetons dry up so much in the late summer. Maybe it was just from the low snowpack, but there were several extended dry sections that I pointed out in my data book. Also late summer mean almost no wildflowers. The local I hiked with down Table Mountain said that if I wanted to hike during wildflower season and get the most of the seasonal water runoff, early July would be a better time as long as it wasn’t a very heavy snow season the year before. Insects were nonexistent for most of the trip (except the swarming ladybugs at the top of Table Mountain), and the only part of the trail that felt crowded was actually the Table Mountain trail, which I found surprising. Apparently in the Teton valley, hiking Table Mountain is like hiking the easier 14ers around Denver, since it’s one of the highest peaks in the Tetons that doesn’t require any resemblance of technical climbing and offers a great view of the Grand. Otherwise I only ran into a fellow hiker occasionally, and I did not see anyone on my last day until I started biking along Grassy Lakes Road.

Posted in Backpacking, Planning and Prep, TrailGroove Magazine

Aspen 4 pass loop, GTIS half marathon, and another 14er

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Three weeks ago I was fortunate to have a decent weather window, where the weekend before was stormy and wet. I invited two friends to backpack the aspen 4 pass loop with me, a hike I had heard a lot about, but have never been to the area to hike, backpack, or climb.

The route circles around the maroon bells for ~26 miles, going over; you guessed it, 4 passes as it completes the circuit. The trail it fairly rocky the entire way, and has some gorgeous overlooks. I think the view of the back side of the maroon bells from frigid air pass and the view of Capitol and Snowmass from buckskin pass were the two best moments of the trip. I found myself scouting the different lines of the 14ers, especially Snowmass for a climb next winter, and I’m excited to go back and climb all of them eventually.

Two weekends ago I ran my first half marathon. I finished in 2 hours 26 minutes, which isn’t exactly fast, but considering I was running at 8,000 feet and it was my first half marathon, I think I did pretty good.

Then last weekend another weather window opened up from the monsoon rains that have been hitting the mountains the last few weeks. I took advantage of it by climbing Mount of the Holy Cross with my old co-worker, Xavier. We hiked the halo route, which circles around the mountain, taking the notch mountain/holy cross ridge route up, and the north ridge down. We had perfect weather the entire day, and finished the route in less than 12 hours.

I also finished up the tubeless conversion of my Pugsley.  Overall, I lost over 2.5 pounds of rotating mass off the bike. Both tires are now tubeless running to 120tpi Surly Nates. I also upgraded my front rotor to a 180mm for better braking and upgraded my cassette to a XTR 11-34 cassette to cut a little more weight and give me a little better gearing for steep hills. I replaced the chain while I was at it, so the bike is all ready for getting down and dirty, or maybe sandy ;-).

Next for the bike will be building my own wheels and I’m considering switching my crankset to give me a 1×9 setup. I’ve always wanted to build a set of wheels from scratch, but I think I’ll wait till spring and see how the bike does in its current setup.

The Teton trip is coming into focus. I’ve figured out a way to self-shuttle from Flagg ranch to Teton pass, and I’ve taken the day after Labor Day off work to make it work. Just a week and a half till I drive up there.

Posted in Alpine, Backpacking, Biking, Planning and Prep

New Article and the road ahead

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The newest edition of Trailgroove magazine came out today. This time I wrote up an article on lightweight options for backpacking photographers. It is oriented towards people who bring smaller mirrorless cameras and point and shoots into the backcountry, and want to expand their cameras capabilities with a tripod. Do you need a tripod? No. But, if you brought a tripod, are their certain effects and tricks you can do with it? Absolutely. I always appreciate feedback, so let me know what you think.

http://www.trailgroove.com/issue9.html?autoflip=51

I also had one of my Utah photos featured in the contents page

http://www.trailgroove.com/issue9.html?autoflip=2

So, what’s next?! Right now I’m working on two more trips, the Aspen 4 pass loop, and a Grand Teton trip. Due to some circumstances beyond my control, I won’t be able to do the John Muir Trail trip like I planned, so that one is scrapped until next year. The 4 pass loop will be in a few weekends, and I haven’t ever hiked in the Elk Mountains, so I’m looking forward to it.

I’m starting to get really excited about the Grand Teton trip. I’ve wanted to do the Teton Crest trail for a few years now, however I always thought that it seemed like it was too short, since it only traverses half of the park. I found an alternate route that will traverse the entire park that has a few names, but I think that the Teton High Route fits it best. It looks to be just under 70 miles, and I haven’t figured out the approximate gain/loss. However it should make for a good trip, and if I end up soloing it, the flat landscape of the eastern section of the park will make for an easy road ride for a bicycle shuttle.

Both the Teton Crest Trail and the Teton High Route cross in and out of national park land and the Jedediah Smith Wilderness area. However the backcountry usage in the wilderness area doesn’t have any red tape with permits or hard sided bear canister requirements, so as long as I spend the night on the wilderness side, I should be fine.

Other trips down the road include the White Rim in Canyonlands and another weekend Grand Canyon trip in the fall. Keep tuned in for all of the fun.

Posted in Planning and Prep, TrailGroove Magazine

Highline, Waterslides, and Tubeless tires

The last two weeks have been AWESOME. First off, another big trip by completing the Uinta Highline trail in northeast Utah. The highline trail really delivered a great experience. In total, 78 miles in 78 hours, 17,000 feet of gain, 9 major passes over 11,000 feet, the entire trip was above 10,000 feet, and I bagged the highest point Utah, Kings Peak, while I was up there. Lots of high alpine and will definitely be my next article for Trailgroove. To help others with completing the trail and navigation, I created a databook for the trail. I got the idea from Andrew Skurka’s website and his databook that I used during my Zion grand traverse. I think I will keep creating these databooks after my hikes for others to use since I found it useful. The highline trail databook includes GPS waypoints since some parts of the trail are hard to follow. Water is abundant along the trail, so I didn’t feel it necessary to note water sources. I would like to go back and hike/map the easternmost section from Leidy peak to highway 191 to complete my databook, but that’ll happen another time. I also recorded the trail with my GPS watch, so I will upload the KML and GPX files after I combine them.

Last weekend I drove up to Lander, Wyoming to participate in the international climbers festival and visit with Aaron, the owner of Trailgroove. Lander never disappoints, with great mountain biking, great climbing, and great hiking/backpacking. We ended up hiking to a backcountry waterslide in sinks canyon, starting at Bruce’s Parking Area and hiking to just past Popo Agie falls. If you’re EVER in lander, go to this water slide.

Lastly, I’ve been getting my bike ready with a tubeless setup. Once it’s done, I’ll post up instructions, however right now it looks like l dropped 26.75 ounces off my front wheel! I’ve switched to a 120tpi Nate tire and a tubeless setup vs. the 27tpi Larry tire and the surly tube that were in there before. Getting the bead to seat was definitely the hardest part, but so far it’s working pretty well.

This weekend is something new. I’ll be flying out to Chicago and driving a car back for a family member. Should be a good time hanging out with my friend Jon, eating deep dish pizza, and driving the Midwest.

Posted in Backpacking, Biking

Back to back 14ers

Still on recovery, I soloed two easier 14ers last weekend. Mount Antero is pretty technically easy, but is a long one unless you have 4WD. A rough 4WD road starts at 9400, and goes all the way to nearly 13,800. While it was snowed in at 12,800, it still makes for a lot of elevation gain. I don’t own a 4wd, meaning I would have to climb nearly 6,000 feet to the summit. While this didn’t sound too bad, I figured with my new bike, I could make it a little faster and fun. Unfortunately, the road was very steep with lots of loose gravel, so there was a considerable amount of hike-a-bike. I ended up leaving the bike at 13,000 feet, and hiking the remaining portion. The weather was fantastic last weekend, so I was able to start later in the day and enjoy an empty summit, and watch the sunset from 13,000+ feet. After getting back down to my bike during twilight, I rode until the sunlight was gone, and then rigged up a headlamp and a handlebar flashlight for the remaining decent in the dark, getting back to the car at 10:30 pm, 8 hours after leaving.

After camping near Buena Vista and hanging out in town in the morning, I headed to Huron peak north of town. Again, starting later in the day, I biked the 4wd section of the road which was didn’t require any hike-a-bike, and summited with an empty summit around 2pm and didn’t pass a single other party on the way down. The beautiful weather persisted, and made it back to the car 4.5 hours after starting.

Overall it was an awesome weekend. Huron was beautiful, and the sunset on Antero was spectacular.

Posted in Alpine

Biking the highest road in north america (and more training)

I kept feeling like getting back into shape after my surgery was going to be hard. This last week I have proven to myself that I’ve still got it.

Back in 2009, I ended up getting suckered in by my girlfriend at that time to volunteer for the Bob Cook memorial hill climb, a bike race from Idaho springs (elevation 7,500′) to the Mount Evans parking lot just below the summit (elevation 14,130′), climbing the highest paved road in the USA, beating out the pikes peak parking lot by 15 feet. I remember thinking that was insane to race all the way up there, but that I could probably do it. At that time, I had owned a crappy schwinn mountain bike that was stolen on campus (the second bike that had been stolen while at CSU). I almost exclusively used it for commuting to school, so I figured when it got stolen, why should I get another mountain bike. I found a old steel centurion le mans road bike, and decided that I wanted to get into biking shape, I rode that bike for two years, then sold it to a friend when I decided I wanted a newer lighter road bike and bought myself my Cannondale synapse alloy in 2011.

With my PT going well, and being cleared to bike and finally to run last week, I wanted to see what I was capable of. Other than a ride last Sunday around town (approx. 40 miles), I haven’t really ridden my road bike since last fall before my shoulder started acting up. When my friend Jason told me about his plans to ride the Mount Evans road, I told him I was in. Even if I didn’t finish it, I would just go along for the effort. I had one week to get ready.

I started my running training this week too. After that Sunday ride, I ran on Tuesday, and walked on Wednesday and Thursday to clear the lactic acid build up. Then Saturday morning came, and before I knew it, I was at Echo Lake (approx. 10.650′). As I started out, I noticed that my front derailleur was jacked up. Somehow between the Sunday ride and yesterday, it has been cracked and pinched. We quickly ghetto rigged it to so that I didn’t have any chain rub in my lowest gear, which I was going to spend most of the climb in.

As we climbed the first few miles to the Mount Goliath parking area, my legs already started to burn, and my muscles felt stiff. After a quick stretch, we climbed back on our bikes to start for the second checkpoint, Summit Lake (approx. 12.850). The second section felt much easier than the first, and my gearing felt fine in the one gear I was limited to. My legs loosened up, and when we stopped at the lake, I just stretched quickly, ate a candy bar, and kept going. The last section felt the easiest and yet the hardest. My legs felt great, but I could feel the altitude. I just kept a steady pace and before I knew it, I was at the parking lot at the top. For kicks, we hiked our bikes to the true summit of Mount Evans (14,265′) and took a few obligatory photos.

The ride down was awesome; however the two guys I was with didn’t enjoy it as much. The freeze cracks in the road were pretty bad, and their bikes were more setup for racing vs. mine being setup for commuting and comfort. At a few points, my bike computer registered 39-40 miles per hour on the downhill side, and just after noon, we made it back to the car. It was an awesome morning, and proved to myself I still have what it takes. I don’t think I’ll be doing the official bike race anytime soon; however I think I will try it again, starting at Idaho springs. Jason half joked about starting from Denver next time, taking the road from Morrison to evergreen to echo lake via squaw pass. Maybe, just maybe.

I’ll be spending the next 8 weeks training for my half marathon, shooting for a 2 hour run. I’ll be following this plan for the most part – http://rw.runnersworld.com/challenge/plans/half/break-200.pdf . I have a few fun trips planned in the next two months too.

Posted in Alpine, Biking, Planning and Prep