Friday, July 25, 2014

Week(s) in Review: June 16 – July 20—Where Did the Last Month Go?

Week in Review: July 14-20

Monday, July 14th
AM—12.1 Miles—2:58—2,800’—Colorado Trail and Point 12,849’
I headed up the CT for about a mile before heading straight up some grassy slopes. There are a few unnamed 12ers to the southwest of Grand Turk. My goal was to summit Grand Turk, but a few snowy gulley crossings turned me around after summiting only one 12er. I made my way back to the CT then cruised along it for a few miles before turning around back towards the Taco.

Tuesday, July 15th
PM—6.7 Miles—2:32—3,000’—Hogsback (x2) and Perins Peak (Durango, CO)
From Leyden Street TH. I ascended via Browns Ridge, descended Hogsfoot, ascended Hogsfoot, and then spent a few minutes hanging around the summit. From there, I decided to do the steep slog up to Perins Peak. Loose, steep trails and hot temperatures made for quite the exhausting ascent. En route to the summit the only thing I could really think about was water. I was pretty happy to get back to the Taco.

Wednesday, July 16th
AM—16 Miles—6:07—5,500’—North Twilight Peak (13,075’), Twilight Peak (13,158’), and South Twilight Peak (13,100’)
Lightning, thunder, and hail. Oh my! This is a pretty easy route—first and second class all the way. After a 5.5 mile approach from Andrews Lake to Crater Lake I ascended a rib up to about 12,800’ to gain the main ridge a little east of North Twilight Peak. A short ridge run to the west saw me on the summit of North Twilight. From here, it was talus hopping southward to the summits of Twilight Peak and South Twilight Peak. By the time I reached South Twilight Peak I had already been hailed on three times, but they were all brief. Gloomy clouds were present all morning long even though I was up on the ridge by 9am. Somewhere between Twilight and North Twilight all hell broke loose. More intense hail and rain started pummeling me, thunder sounded like explosives being set off somewhere nearby, and the lightning was much too close for comfort. Rather than stay on the exposed ridge for another quarter-to-half mile and return via the same route I decided to dive straight off the ridge. This ended up sucking. A lot. Ultimately, I traded a 1st/2nd Class walk down for a 3rd-to-5th Class shitty downclimb on loose, wet rock while being pelted with hail. Ugh. Eventually, I made it back to the Taco. If I would have returned via the same route my day would have easily been an hour, maybe an hour-and-a-half, shorter.

Thursday, July 17th
AM—6.4 Miles—1:57—2,300’—Engineer Mountain (12,968’)
After an easy few mile running approach I leaned into the steep stuff as I made my way up to the ridge. A little ways up the ridge the trail made its way up between two rows of towers. The trail looked like it went to the end of the towers then exited to the right. I stepped out of this section, looked around for a few minutes, and didn’t like what I saw—an increasingly narrow, super exposed ledge that disappeared in the distance. Keeping in mind that a friend told me the route is pretty much 2nd Class all the way up I assumed that this wasn’t the way. So, I returned to the trail between the towers and exited to the left. This looked much better—on par with the 3rd Class sections just below the summits of Pyramid or Wetterhorn, but with a nice crack going up the middle of it. After this 40-feet section or so the rest of the route was a walk up. Once off the ridge the descent was basically just an obstacle course of out-of-shape tourists. The flowers at the base of the peak were some of the best wild flowers I’ve ever seen.

PM—11.2 Miles—2:56—3,800’—Kendall Mountain (13,066’)
I spent several hours in my truck waiting for the temperatures to drop a little. It was hot this afternoon. I finally took off up the road to Kendall Mountain—not really intending to summit. My legs felt crappy at first, but felt slightly less crappy by the end of the day. Sunset was pretty spectacular this evening, but I left my camera in the Taco. Figures. I just trotted back down the road with slightly limited visibility in the fading light.

Friday, July 18th
AM—10 Miles—4:20—4,800’—Island Lake, Grant Swamp Pass, V2 (Point 13,309’), Ice Lake, and Unnamed Point 13,333’
When surrounded by scenery like this words seem to fail me. This is probably one of the top three most beautiful places I’ve ever been. From Grant Swamp Pass I did a quick 2nd Class walk over to V2 before returning to the pass and descending to Island Lake. I quickly made my way over to Ice Lake where I sat for a few minutes to empty my shoes and take in the views. I looked up and noticed Point 13,333’ (I can’t find a name for this one) and decided to charge up to the ridge and see if I could find my way on top of it. Near the top the mountain quickly turned into a chossy pile of crap with several loose gulleys to choose from. I chose to scramble above the gulleys most times. This increased the difficulty to mostly 4th Class with a few 5.easy moves here-and-there, but it also increased my comfort level significantly. I eventually reached the summit and lingered around a few minutes before beginning the shit show of a descent back to Ice Lake. From there it was a few easy miles back to the Taco. The biggest obstacle in those last few miles were the hordes of tourists.

Saturday, July 19th
PM—4 Miles—0:30—400’—Silverton Highway 110
Pretty easy road run after volunteering at an aid station for the Kendall Mountain run all day. About half paved and half dirt road.

Sunday, July 20th
PM—6.1 Miles—1:17—1,900’—Bear Creek Trail (Ouray, CO)
After spending the better part of the morning hungover and most of the afternoon waiting on storms to pass I decided to start the drive towards the Sawatch. Once I got over Red Mountain Pass it seemed that the weather finally cleared up a bit. So, I stopped at the Bear Creek Trail on my way down into Ouray. This is yet another gorgeous section of the Hardrock 100 course. One of these years I’ll run HR…


Weekly Totals
Miles—72.5
Time— 22 hours 41 minutes
Elevation Gain— 24,500 feet



Week in Review: July 7-13

Monday, July 7th
AM—8 Miles—2:41—3,500’—Mount Sneffels (14,150’)
Same exact route as yesterday. Only 52 minutes faster. Yesterday I lost my Mountain Hardware windshell somewhere on the mountain. So, my main goal for today was to find it. I didn’t find it…I had no problems with route finding on the SW Ridge this morning and cruised right up to the summit. En route, I passed a couple. The woman was hit in the head by a falling rock, but appeared to be alright. For some reason they decided to descend a somewhat steep, loose section of small boulders rather than dropping down below them where the footing was a bit more stable. I hit the snowy upper gulley of the South Slopes early enough that the sun hadn’t softened up the snow yet. With a pair of Microspikes I was able to run down this stretch rather quickly. I even kept my spikes on for the scree field descent, which proved very efficient at keeping me from busting my ass like I usually do on this stretch.

Tuesday, July 8th
AM—6.6 Miles—2:32—1,550’—Highland Mary Lakes Hike
Easy hike with Gerber, Kari, and Eric. We just appreciated the flowers all day, basically.

Wednesday, July 9th
AM—9.6 Miles—2:44—4,600’—Handies Peak (14,048’)
Up/down from Grouse Gulch. I was a bit surprised at how much snow was still in the American Basin. I took the day pretty easy both on the ascent and descent. On the way back out of American Basin some crazy lady thought I was Tony and wouldn’t believe me when I told her I’m not.

Thursday, July 10th
AM—6.9 Miles—2:11—3,800’—Kendall Mountain (13,066’)
I decided to head up the avalanche chute. It’s steep; ascending 3,800’ in less than 1.5 miles (these numbers tend to vary). Not too long into the grunt I hear “well, hello” from behind. I wasn’t surprised at all to turn around and find Tony enjoying the steep stuff. Above treeline, I was suffering pretty good. I haven’t been at elevation much this summer and haven’t fully acclimatized yet. Near the top I heard a “wahoooo!” as Tony glissaded down a short snowy section. I opted for a road descent since I actually wanted to sneak in a little bit of running today.

PM—1 Mile—0:11—0’—Silverton Beer Mile
My first ever beer mile. I ended up finishing 4th with a time of 11:40 (min:sec). Honestly, I was surprised that I could even drink four beers in less than twelve minutes. I’m too old for this shit…

Friday, July 11th
OFF

Saturday, July 12th
PM—3 Miles—1:17—1,500’—Kendall Mountain Bailout
Dan and I got a late start up the avalanche chute on Kendall. Common sense told us that we would likely end up bailing on the route since gloomy clouds already filled the sky. We got almost halfway up before booming thunder turned us around. It was a bit of a shit show for me since I accidentally put on a pair of 110’s with enough wear that the tread had been essentially removed to expose the rock plate—not much traction there…

Sunday, July 13th
OFF—Hardrock Hangover


Weekly Totals
Miles—35.1
Time—11 hours 40 minutes
Elevation Gain—14,950 feet



Week in Review: June 30 – July 6

Monday, June 30th 
AM—8 Miles—1:59—1,700’—Crow Peak
My legs are still pretty tired from Saturday’s race. It’s hard to call this a “run” when it took almost twice as long today as it did the other day.

Tuesday, July 1st
AM—6 Miles—0:51—250’—Spearfish Canyon Road
Easy road run on still tired legs.

Wednesday, July 2nd 
Climbing in Spearfish Canyon
I led a few routes today and top-roped a few routes. I led the 60’ 5.8 route Sylvester Sidewalk (also top-roped this route), the 30’ 5.6 chimney Ghetto Toes, and top-roped the 100’ 5.9+ Lost Ninja. I’m still trying to figure out if these are sandbagged ratings or if my legs are still tired from Saturday. 

Thursday, July 3rd
PM—7.7 Miles—2:12—3,000’—Mount Sanitas (x3)
Mark invited me to tag along for some sort of tempo/interval (I’m not sure what the difference is) workout on Sanitas. So, I joined. We topped out on Sanitas in an easy 25 minutes or so before heading over the west side of the mountain on some more runnable trails. Then we turned around and headed back up to the summit again. After a casual descent on the south side of the hill we parted ways and I headed back up for another summit. Pretty mellow day after spending all morning driving.

Friday, July 4th
AM—4.4 Miles—2:06—3,000’—2nd Flatiron (x4)
I set off this morning with the intent of doing a few laps on the 2nd Flatiron. I didn’t really think I’d do four laps. I slowly made my way up the first lap in 18:xx minutes and trotted back down to the bottom. With a little more confidence, I shimmied up the second time in 11:41 (a new PR). My third lap was 13:xx. I stopped about halfway up to chat with Cordis, who was downclimbing. When I reached the bottom of the 2nd I spent about five minutes waiting for Cordis to get down. Then we started hauling ass one more time. Near the top, some guido guy who looked straight out of Jersey Shore was resting. Cordis had a 5-10 second lead on me where the guido decided to jump in between us. This pissed me off to no end. I used a more runout section and got my heart rate redlining to sneak around the douchebag. I may have let lose a few profanities. Shortly after I passed the jackass he had to stop for another rest. I guess that’s what he gets for trying to keep up with us. When I reached the top of the Freeway route (not the true summit of the 2nd) I hit the lap button on my watch. To my surprise, I just knocked out a 9:33 lap of the 2nd. I was almost certain that trying to sneak around the frat boy was going to ruin my PR attempt at the last pitch or two of scrambling.

Saturday, July 5th 
AM—10.8 Miles—3:52—4,450’—2nd Flatiron, Green, Bear, South Boulder, Bear
Today I got congratulated for my recent win a Lavaredo. Goddamnit…Pretty epic bonk on the way up South Boulder had me debating which route to take back to Chautauqua: down Shadow Canyon where there’s a potential water source or back over Bear and down Fern Canyon for a shorter return trip. When a random hiker offered me a drink of water that little sip was enough to make me choose the shorter, waterless route.

Sunday, July 6th
AM—8 Miles—3:33—3,500’—Mount Sneffels (14,150’)
Must have left my route finding hat in the Taco this morning. I started around the Imogene Pass turnoff, ascended via the Southwest Ridge, and descended via the standard South Slopes. The SW Ridge is cruiser 3rd Class if you’re not an idiot like me. I found myself climbing up 4th/5th Class choss piles only to realize that I had to downclimb the damn pile on the other side. There were a few little snow stretches that were mostly avoidable. The notable exception was a snowy gulley just below the Pinnacles. When dropping to bypass the Pinnacles it was necessary to get on the snow for a few steps. A slip here would likely have been a very long (fun?) sled ride down to the bottom of the East Pinnacle Bypass. The upper gulley on the South Slopes was completely snow-filled. Given my lengthy ascent the sun had already softened the snow to the point that it was an interesting descent. After the shit show bald scree field descent I trotted back to the Taco.


Weekly Totals
Miles—45 Miles
Time—14 hours 35 minutes
Elevation Gain—15,900 feet



Week in Review: June 23-29

Monday, June 23rd
PM—15 Miles—2:52—3,700’—Bighorn 100 Course
My legs didn’t seem to have an extraordinary amount of pep in them today. I started heading out from the Bighorn 100 start line, which has about 1.5 miles of mellow dirt roads before it hits singletrack. This gave me a little opportunity to loosen things up a bit. After about a mile or so of trails I noticed that the course markings were still out. So, I just started following them. Around 7.5 miles (1:44 hours) into the run I reached a high point where the trail began a descent. This seemed like a good place to turn around. On most days this would be a quick descent back to the Taco, but my legs weren’t feeling terribly solid on the downhills. So, I took it pretty easy and covered the 7.5 miles back to the Taco in 1:08. I’ve seen about half of the Bighorn 100 course and it’s quite impressive. I think next year I might sign up to see the rest of it…

Tuesday, June 24th
PM—7 Miles—1:06—1,500’—Crow Peak (5,760’) in Spearfish, South Dakota
I stopped at the rest stop/tourist office on I-90 as soon as I crossed into South Dakota. The ladies recommended Crow Peak when I told them I wanted to find steep and challenging trails. The run is comparable to running up Flagstaff in Boulder, but noticeably easier. I started running up the hill on smooth singletrack. The trails remained fairly smooth up to the summit with only a few scree crossings. I covered the ~3.5 miles and 1,500’ to the summit in 0:36. Pretty sure I could go under 30 minutes on this ascent with a moderate effort and not hitting the trails immediately after a 3.5 hour drive. Easy effort on the descent since I still seem to have shaky descending legs.

Wednesday, June 25th
AM—6.7 Miles—1:07—1,100’—76 Trail, Roughlock Falls, and Dirt Roads
I started off with an easy effort up the 76 Trail, which provides a panoramic view of Spearfish Canyon. I knocked out the 700’ over 0.7 miles in 11 minutes. Next, I ran up the one-mile long crushed gravel trail to the Roughlock Falls. After adding on a few miles of dirt roads I headed back to the Taco. Nice, easy day.

Thursday, June 26th
PM—10 Miles—1:32—1,100’—Tinton Trail
I spent the morning at Crow Peak Brewery watching the US World Cup match. A guy there recommended the Tinton Trail to me. This ended up being a great run. Any elevation gain was mellow and the surface was almost always smooth. My legs took a few miles to feel good. I ended up running up 5 miles and ~900’ in 0:50 before turning around to head back to the Taco. The descent was gradual enough that I was able to finally get in some quicker downhill miles than in the past few days. I still wasn’t running fast by any means, but quicker than in previous days. I made the return trip in 0:42 and reached the sanctuary of the Taco just before the skies opened up.

Friday, June 27th
AM—5 Miles—0:50—500’—Iron Creek and Big Hill Loop D
I got out on the trails somewhat early this morning—around 6—to maximize rest time between this run and tomorrow’s race. My Achilles’ were both a little stiff, but loosened up quickly. I just putzed around slowly on the trails today to work out any kinks in the legs. After the run I headed to Sturgis for packet pick-up and the pre-race meeting.

Saturday, June 28th
AM—50 Miles—9:13—9,050’—Black Hills 50—3rd Place
Muddy, shit-show. I think I’ll do a little write-up for this one. Eventually, maybe…

Sunday, June 29th
AM—4 Miles—0:36—100’—Sturgis Bike Paths
It took a while to get going, but once I did I was able to hit 8:30 pace briefly. My Achilles’ are both super tight.

PM—2.3 Miles—0:30—200’—Iron Creek
Slow run to see how my legs felt on trails. They were predictably crappy feeling.


Weekly Totals
Miles—100
Time— 17 hours 49 minutes
Elevation Gain— 17,250 feet



Week in Review: June 16-22

Monday, June 16th
AM—10.5 Miles—4:16—4,500’—Mount Meeker East Summit (13,911’)
I ran into Derek Brooks at the Longs Peak TH yesterday and we made plans to get up Mount Meeker. We went up/down the Iron Gates route to the east summit. Terribly high winds had neither one of us daring to venture across the knife edge ridgeline over to the west summit. We hit the Chasm Lake junction in a mellow 1:09. Shortly after the junction our progress slowed significantly as we began the more vertical part of the route. The altitude seemed to be affecting Derek a little. Fortunately, I was finally able to cruise up a high mountain with relatively little altitude problems. We didn’t linger too long on the summit due to the high winds. The descent to the Chasm Lake junction was a fun mix of talus hopping, scree surfing, and sweet glissading down a snow field. Once back on the singletrack we began pushing the pace for our descent. Just above treeline I slightly tweaked my right ankle and decided to slow the pace for a while to determine any potential damage. It didn’t take too long before we picked the pace up again. I even ended the day with some 6-minute pace in the last mile or so of the trail. Great day on a great mountain with great company.

Tuesday, June 17th
AM—14.5 Miles—5:18—5,100’—Longs Peak (14,255’)
Up/down the Keyhole Route from Longs Peak Trailhead. I may have been overly cautious in preparing for this route, but since it was my first real snow climb I figured I’d play it safe. I loaded up my Osprey Rev 6 pack with an ice ax, crampons, helmet, a water bottle, two wind shells, two pairs of gloves, and a puffy jacket. Fixing the ax to the pack was a bit tricky since it doesn’t have an ax loop, but with a little work I got the pack to ride smooth. Conditions were nice and warm from the TH to the Keyhole, but I knew that would change as soon as I crossed the Keyhole to the shady, windy west side of the mountain. The first mile or so kind of sucked as I tried to get my breathing in rhythm—easier said than done with a full bag of gear on my back. Once I settled into a rhythm the approach run got significantly easier. I reached the Chasm Lake junction in 0:58 (versus 1:09 yesterday) and went on to hit the Keyhole in 2:02. On the boulder field side of the Keyhole I could hear the wind whipping and knew I had to put on some layers. I put on a windshell, gloves, and my puffy jacket in anticipation of the cold I’d encounter on the shaded side of the mountain. I also put on my helmet and got my ax/crampons ready for action. The helmet might have been overkill, but I did actually see some rockfall during the day. Plus, it was my first snow climb so I wanted to protect the ol’ noggin’ should I go sliding down the snow. I was able to skirt around most of the snow on The Ledges without using crampons with the exception of one or two patches. I opted to put on and take off my crampons as I went from snowy sections to rocky sessions versus keeping my crampons on throughout. This was mainly because I was wearing minimal trail running shoes that didn’t fit very well in the crampons. So, my toes kept sliding out of the toe clip. Once I hit The Trough it was snow all the way to The Narrows. I took my time on this stretch since some of the snow was solid enough that I could only get a few inches of my ax into it. The Narrows allowed me to remove my crampons again and move a little quicker. The Homestretch provided one more section of uninterrupted snow before reaching the summit. Again, I took my time here due to some small patches of solid snow and ice. It was a glorious day on the sunny summit of Longs! The sun was shining and the wind started to die down a bit. It was impossible not to enjoy the solitude of being the only person sitting on the summit of Colorado’s most trafficked 14er. I reached the summit in a sluggish 3:19 from the trailhead, but enjoyed every step of the way. Descending The Homestretch and The Trough proved to be much easier than the ascent. The snow softened just enough that I could almost run down these sections. Once on the boulder field side of The Keyhole, I spent about ten minutes shedding layers and re-strapping everything to my pack. It took some finagling to get the crampons, ax, and helmet back on snuggly, but once in place they ran smoothly. I took most of the descent pretty easy, with the exception of the last mile or so. Here, I decided to push the pace to see how much bounce I would get from my loaded pack. Surprisingly, the pack handled 6:40 minute/mile pace like a champ. It was great to finally get out and see what the big deal is about the Keyhole Route. I’d love to be able to do this route in summer conditions and not see anyone on it…

PM—Two Hours of Acupuncture

Wednesday, June 18th
AM—2 Miles—0:38—700’—Amphitheater
My legs felt horrible after yesterday’s acupuncture session. I planned on heading up Green via the front side, but decided to call it quits at the top of Amphitheater. Ran into Peter and Buzz as they were descending. Seems like I’ve been running into those guys a lot lately.

Thursday, June 19th
AM—7 Miles—1:04—850’—Big Horn 100 Course
David and I decided to get out for a little run on the first few miles of the Big Horn 100 course. After cruising along 1.5 miles of mellow dirt road we reached the TH for a few miles of nice singletrack. If the rest of the course is anything like the first few miles then this is going to be one beautiful course…

Friday, June 20th
PM—18 Miles—6:18—4,800’—Bighorn 100 Pacing
The plan was to pace David for the last 70 miles of the race. After waiting at the Footbridge aid station for what seemed like forever Shad finally came in saying that David blew up and had plans to drop when he got to the aid station. I checked with race officials to see if I would get him DQ’ed by running up to check on him. With their approval, I took off with hopes of getting the idea of dropping out of his head before he arrived at the aid station. We probably spent a solid 30 minutes at the aid station getting him cooled off and guzzling Coke. I convinced David that we at least should push on towards the turn-around point at mile 48—so he got up and started moving. This 18-mile stretch was hit-or-miss for David (mostly miss)—he would run strong on uphills for 5-10 minutes only to resort to walking the flats. We played cat-and-mouse almost the entire way with Shad, Hawaiian Shirt Ray, and part of the way with Kari and Gerbster before they left us in the dust. Kari was on a mission those last 60 miles and she kicked ass every step of the way (even dropped her pacer). David and I took our time in aid stations and even sat by the fire several times. I didn’t really object to him sitting by the fire since the aid stations were out in the middle of nowhere. So, regardless of whether or not he wanted to drop we would still have to walk our asses out of there. It was a surprisingly pleasant night considering all the warnings I’d heard about how cold it gets on the course at night. I put on arm sleeves, a jacket, gloves, and a hat, but likely could have just got by with the sleeves and gloves if we were moving a little quicker. A short misting of rain made the last few miles to the turn-around a little chilly since everything got wet and the wind started to pick up a little. A considerable stretch between the last aid station and turn-around was a muddy slopfest. I enjoyed this, but had I already covered ~45 miles and felt as shitty as David I would have been frustrated to no end. I certainly would have exhausted every use of the “f” word. Eventually we hit the Jaws aid station at mile 48. This place looked like a MASH unit. I’m assuming this is what Fish Hatchery inbound looked like the year I ran Leadville, but I was far too gone mentally and physically to have even noticed. We were a bit surprised to see Aubrey still waiting for us at the aid station. Thankfully, she got a message that we had Gerber send her about how late we would be. So, she could worry slightly less, maybe. This is where the Bighorn 100 ended for David—at mile 48. Still an impressive day, especially when you consider that he felt like absolute shit from mile 10 onward. I’m glad that David decided to cover those last 18 miles to at least give things a chance to turn around for the better. Unfortunately, things never did turn around. It happens…He’ll crush Run Rabbit Run in September.

Saturday, June 21st
OFF—Didn’t really feel like getting out today

Sunday, June 22nd
OFF—Just being lazy today…


Weekly Totals
Miles—52
Time— 17 hours 36 minutes

Elevation Gain— 15,950 feet

Monday, June 30, 2014

Photos--April 28th to June 15th

Leap of faith on the 2nd Flatiron

Shimmying up the 2nd Flatiron (Photo: David Ponak)

Typical drive through Kansas

Sunrise on my way up the 2nd Flatiron

View of the 3rd Flatiron while scrambling up the 2nd

First day back in Boulder after being gone for a while. It's always great to see this view.

Scrambling up the 2nd (Photo: David Ponak)

Approaching the Queens Way route on Apache Peak

Sunset from the Ponak's back porch

I spent a lot of time pulling plastic at the climbing gym during June

Enjoying another late season snow on Green Mountain

Struggling up Torreys with Peter (Photo: Peter Jones)

Playing in the snowy Indian Peaks

David charging down like a barbarian

On top of Estes Cone with Longs Peak in the background (Photo: Matt Trappe)

Missouri farm life

Relaxing stroll around Lily Lake

Lily Lake with Longs Peak and Estes Cone in the background

When trail running goes wrong...

Green Mountain summit (Photo: David Ponak)

View of the 3rd Flatiron from near the top of the 1st

David scouting the Queens Way route up Apache

This sneaky little bastard was trying to lick my ice ax while I removed my crampons...

The second route I've ever led--65-feet 5.8 Glennevere at the Watermark crag in Boulder Canyon

Struggling to keep up with Peter on the three miles of road to the summer trailhead of Grays and Torreys (Photo: Peter Jones)

Indian Peaks

Lily Lake

Bailing on our attempt up the Queens Way

Green Mountain summit (Photo: David Ponak)

First climbing route I've ever led! The 80-feet 5.8 Lothlorien. Slabby fun!

More struggling up Torreys (Photo: Peter Jones)

Indian Peaks

Looking down on Boulder after scrambling up the 2nd

David leading the way towards Apache Peak

Gotta love the late season snows in the Front Range

Heading towards Apache Peak

Traversing across a raging Boulder Creek to get to the Watermark crag for some climbing (Photo: David Ponak)

Indian Peaks

David shimmying across the Creek in Boulder Canyon

Snowy trails are always fun. Especially when you're first tracks...

Standing on the summit of Torreys after grunting up the entire way (Photo: Peter Jones)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weeks in Review: May 26 - June 15



Week in Review: June 9-15
Monday, June 9th
PM—4 Miles—0:32—0’—Orrick Roads

Tuesday, June 10th   
OFF—Rest

Wednesday, June 11th  
OFF—Rest

Thursday, June 12th
AM—9.5 Miles—1:49—2,600’—Green Mountain
Up Bear Canyon and down Ranger/Gregory.

Friday, June 13th
AM—8 Miles—2:30—2,900’—Estes Cone (11,007’)
Easy effort up/down with Matt Trappe. Really windy.

PM—5 Miles—1:40—1,450—RMNP Hiking for Photos

Saturday, June 14th  
AM—4.5 Miles—1:40—1,300’—RMNP Hiking for Photos

PM—4.5 Miles—1:00—800’—RMNP and Lily Lake Hiking for Photos

Sunday, June 15th
AM—5 Miles—2:00—600’—RMNP Hiking

PM—7.5 Miles—2:00—2,700’—Twin Sisters (11,428’)
Easy up and down. Really windy at the saddle.


Weekly Totals
Miles—47.5 Miles
Time— 13 hours 12 minutes
Elevation Gain— 12,350 feet




Week in Review: June 2-8
Monday, June 2nd
AM—6 Miles—2:29—2,500’—Green Mountain
Up 2nd Flatiron/NE Ridge and down Ranger/Gregory. Really easy effort in anticipation of tomorrow’s snow climb.

Tuesday, June 3rd   
AM—14.5 Miles—4:20—2,350’—Apache Peak Bailout
David and I tried to get up the Queen’s Way on Apache Peak, but crappy snow conditions and a late start led us to turn around.

Wednesday, June 4th  
PM—3 Miles—0:22—0’—Orrick Roads

Thursday, June 5th
PM—2 Miles—0:15—250’—Weidinger Ranch Roads

Friday, June 6th
AM—16 Miles—2:06—700’—Highway 63
I honestly have no idea no road cyclists get any joy with cars whizzing past at 70 MPH…

Saturday, June 7th  
AM—1.5 Miles—0:11—50’—Columbia, MO Roads

Sunday, June 8th
PM—2 Miles—0:15—0’—Orrick Roads



Weekly Totals
Miles—44.5
Time— 10 hours 01 minutes
Elevation Gain— 5,850  feet



Week in Review: May 26 – June 1
Monday, May 26th
AM—10 Miles—1:26—700’—Creek Path
From Settlers Park to the end, twice.

Tuesday, May 27th  
AM—3 Miles—1:51—1,900’—2nd Flatiron (x2)
One super mellow lap and one 15 minute lap.

Wednesday, May 28th
AM—9 Miles—3:01—3,800’—Flagstaff Mountain, Green Mountain, and 2nd Flatiron
David and I went out for a lap of Flagstaff and Green. Then we parted ways and I headed up for a hot, sweaty trip up the 2nd.

Thursday, May 29th
AM—11 Miles—2:53—4,200’—Green Mountain (x2) and Flagstaff Mountain
I took an easy ascent up the backside of Green before descending the frontside on shitty legs. I didn’t seem to have much energy at all. Shortly after the new ladder installment on Saddlerock I ran into JV and Juerek and felt obligated to joint them for another trip to the summit. My legs started to feel a little better this time around. We descending the West Ridge and Long Canyon before heading over to the summit of Flagstaff. I was glad to finally have some decent energy in my legs for the trip down.

Friday, May 30th
AM—3.6 Miles—0:30—100’—Bike Paths

Saturday, May 31st
PM—5.5 Miles—1:09—1,400’—Flagstaff Mountain (x2)

Sunday, June 1st
AM—2.5 Miles—0:29—550’—Panorama Point



Weekly Totals
Miles—44.5
Time— 11 hours 21 minutes
Elevation Gain— 12,650 feet



Weeks in Review: April 28 - May 25


Week in Review: May 19-25

Monday, May 19th
AM—10 Miles—1:46—2,600’—Green Mountain
Up Gregory/Ranger and down Bear Canyon. I started off towards the Gregory TH at a decent pace and continued that about halfway up the canyon before my left shin started feeling weird. So I fell into a hike the rest of the way to the summit. My shin started feeling better near the summit, which led me to pick up the pace a bit on the descent. After coasting down the technical stretch back to the Ranger trail junction I started moving a little quicker—running around 6:30-7:15 pace for all of GreenBear and the upper stretches of Bear Canyon. Then it was just ~three miles of the Mesa Trail before calling it a morning.

PM—Climbing at BRC

Tuesday, May 20th  
AM—Climbing at BRC

PM—22 Miles—4:16—4,600’—Fowler, Eldo, Walker Ranch, Green Mountain, Mesa
David and I decided to head out for a 20-25 mile run today that included mostly runnable terrain. He wasn’t feeling too great on the climbs and I wasn’t feeling too great on the descents. We parked at the Fowler TH and began our warmup run into Eldorado Canyon before digging into the climb up-and-over to the Walker Ranch trail. From there we took the short side of the loop to the TH, crossed over to the Meyers Gulch trails, pounded out a mile of pavement, and got on Green Mountain’s west ridge to the summit. It was a pretty hot day out, which didn’t mesh too well with our limited supplies of water (one bottle each). After a not-slow-but-not-fast descent of Bear Canyon we just had a few miles of the Mesa Trail to grind out. These miles sucked. My footwork was pretty off from being dehydrated so I just tiptoed along trying not to fall. On the last few miles of dirt road leading to the south Mesa TH I started busting out some ~6:40 pace in an effort to get back to some water quicker. Of course, I snagged a toe and took a good fall. Fortunately, I’m used to that by now and it didn’t really do any damage other than a bloody knee. With less than a mile to go from the TH we plodded along the paved road drunkenly. After downing some water we met up with Aubrey, David’s wife, and their kids to cheer them on in a 5k along Boulder Res. 

Wednesday, May 21st
AM—2 Miles—0:20—200’—Dowdy Draw
Easy shakeout run. Legs felt crappy and I was still dehydrated.

PM1—2 Miles—1:07—1,200’—2nd Flatiron Hike
With a tornado watch in effect and rain on the way I decided to shimmy up the 2nd and try to beat the rain. I wore my climbing pants in an effort to resist any temptation I might have to run up the approach. About 30 feet up the route is the crux—a bulge in the rock that took me about 5-10 minutes to figure out how to negotiate in my traction-less 110’s. After that I just cruised up to the walk-off point and trotted back down just in time to avoid being soaked.

PM2—Climbing at BRC

Thursday, May 22nd
AM—12 Miles—3:25—4,200’—Bear Peak and Green Mountain
My legs weren’t really in the mood for much running. So I took off down the Mesa Trail and veered onto Fern Canyon for some power hiking. Pretty slow day.

PM1—6 Miles—0:54—100’—Bike Paths
My left Achilles was a bit sore. So I got out for an easy run to try to loosen things up a bit.

PM2—Climbing at BRC

Friday, May 23rd
AM—7 Miles—1:36—2,500’—Anemone and Mount Sanitas
My legs felt pretty awful this morning. I hiked most of the way up Anemone before turning around and plodding down on shaky quads. For some reason I decided to head over to Sanitas anyways. I made the summit in about 21 minutes with my legs starting to feel better every step of the way. My footwork was spot on for the descent, but I still kept the effort in check. About halfway down I stopped to chat with Darcy and Matt Hart for 5 minutes or so. Shortly after that I passed Peter Bakwin and Buzz on their way up.

Saturday, May 24th
AM—15 Miles—1:50—300’—Bike Paths
A mellow 15 miles along the bike paths and South Boulder Creek from BRC. Kept the pace between 7:00 and 7:30.

Sunday, May 25th
AM—22 Miles—4:39—6,250’—South Boulder Peak, Bear Peak, Green Mountain, Flagstaff Mountain
A nice, fun day bagging all of the local peaks minus Sanitas. I started at Ebin G Fine, ran up to Panorama Point and down to Chautauqua, cruised the length of the Mesa Trail to the south TH, and turned around to start tagging peaks. By the time I hit the steep, technical portions of Shadow I already had about 11 miles on my legs, but they were still feeling pretty good. I pretty much power hiked the entire way up South Boulder. The scamper over to the summit of Bear took about 14 minutes to cover. From Bear I trotted along towards Green Mountain, which I eventually reached in 50 minutes. I lingered on the summit of Green for longer than anticipated to down a gel and chat with Terry Miller (I met him while running Greys and Torreys a while back). Some fatigue started to sink in on my way down Green towards Flagstaff. So, I just took this descent pretty casually and even fell into a power hike up the Ute Trail to Flagstaff. When I reach the Taco at Ebin G Fine I stopped for some water and a couple of bananas while debating whether or not to go tag Sanitas. I’m not the biggest fan of Sanitas (especially with weekend crowds) so I decided to go grab a beer instead.


Weekly Totals
Miles—98
Time— 19 hours 57 minutes
Elevation Gain— 21,950  feet






Week in Review: May 12-18

Monday, May 12th
AM—5 Miles—0:50—300’—Boulder Creek Path
I decided on a much-needed easy day on the Creek Path. Once the pavement ended the easy run turned into a snowy semi-slog that required more effort than I was really hoping to put out this morning. I knew there was no chance of me getting out for an evening run after finishing this morning’s run.

PM—Climbing at BRC with David
David and I both decided to flail about on the walls for an hour or so. He wasn’t feeling so well after coming off a cold. I just suck at climbing. Fun, regardless.

Tuesday, May 13th  
AM—10 Miles—1:17—200’—Bike Paths
A moderate morning run to loosen my legs up a bit before climbing. I was running around mid-7’s for the first five miles before my stomach went to hell and I had to carefully walk to a Johnny-on-the-Spot I saw about a half mile away. So mile six was about 12 minutes. Then I started hitting mid-6 minute pace for the last four miles. Passed TK doing one of his weekly faster turnover creek path runs.

AM—Climbing at BRC
A few hours of climbing immediately after my run on the creek path.

Wednesday, May 14th
AM—10 Miles—2:54—2,700’—Green Mountain
Crappy snow conditions and crappy feeling legs made for a longer than anticipated morning. I hiked from about a half mile below the Bear Canyon-Green Bear junction all the way to the summit. The last steep stairs were all iced over. Ran into Stacey on my way down and chatted for 5-10 minutes. I was a bit glad when I got back to the Taco after this “run”…

PM—5 Miles—0:35—100’—Boulder Running Company Group Run (Bike Paths)
Pearle Vision called to tell me my new contacts and glasses were available. So I picked them up and stopped next door at BRC (the running place, not the climbing place) to talk to a few friends. I was lured into the group run with promises of beer and pizza. My legs still had plenty of energy since I really didn’t do anything difficult on my outing this morning. When we took off I trotted around near the front of the pack waiting for one of the roadies to lead the way since I had no idea where the hell we were running. Finally, the typical roady looking guy who was warming up for 30 minutes prior to the group run and still had a triathlon number Sharpied on his calf bolted out ahead of everyone. I stayed close to him until we reached the Goose Creek pathway (I had no idea how to get there otherwise) and then fell back into a relaxed effort—around 6:30 minutes/mile. I maintained this pace pretty much throughout. With about a mile to go along sidewalks I fell back to ~7:45 pace for a bit of a cool down. I might make this run a weekly thing. It’s sort of fun chasing down a bunch of roadies.

Thursday, May 15th
AM—Climbing at BRC
I didn’t really feel like running first thing this morning. So I hit the climbing gym at 6:30 and spent two hours flailing around on the walls. 

AM—13 Miles—2:09—2,600’—Mesa Trail
There were quite a few muddy/slippery stretches of trail this morning. So I decided to push the uphills and relax on the downhills. The first two miles or so after turning around at the South Mesa trailhead are always a fun little climb. 

Friday, May 16th
AM—9 Miles—2:07—2,700’—Flagstaff (x2)
My legs were tired. So I mostly hiked up Flagstaff from Chautauqua and then descended the Rangeview, Tenderfoot, and Chapman trails before retracing my steps back to Chautauqua. Pretty blah day.

AM—Climbing at BRC
A fast-and-furious 30 minutes before heading up canyon to help my buddy do a little work.

Saturday, May 17th
AM—4 Miles—0:35—100’—Bike Paths
I got to the climbing gym about an hour too early. So, I headed out for an easy jog. Sweet inversion layer this morning that granted me great views of the Green and Bear summits.

AM—Climbing at BRC
Pretty solid 2.5 hours with minimal rest. I did quite a bit of 5.8’s and 5.9’s with tired arms and downclimbed every 5.8 route. Starting to feel like I can put in longer efforts at the gym. I still only have a few 5.10’s in me during each session before I lose all grip strength.

PM—4 Miles—1:00—1,650’—Mount Sanitas
My cousin came to town for a visit on his way back home from college. So I decided to give him a tough introduction to trail running in Boulder. Pretty mellow effort for me—easy up and mainly a walk down until reaching the Valley trail.

Sunday, May 18th
AM—Climbing at BRC for 3.5 hours
Hit the climbing gym with my cousin for a few hours before getting in some easy running/hiking.

PM1—2.5 Miles—0:31—800’—Green Mountain
I took my cousin up to the West Ridge trailhead on Flagstaff Road to show him the view I get from the summit of Green Mountain several times a week. Easy effort up to the last ~quarter-mile of steep stairs and then I picked up the pace to the summit. Mellow pace back down.

PM2—3.5 Miles—1:26—1,500’—Flatirons Access Trails Hike/Jog
Easy hiking up and even easier running back down. We went up to the top of the 1st. I hit some sub-5 minute pace on the road section back to Chautauqua.


Weekly Totals
Miles—66
Time— 13 hours 30 minutes
Elevation Gain— 12,650  feet



Week in Review: May 5-11

Monday, May 5th
AM—4.5 Miles—0:40—300’—Creek Path
Mellow run on the Creek Path to see how everything felt after my fall yesterday. Predictably, my face and shoulder both felt like they got hit really hard by a rock. My shoulder also kept feeling like it was popping out of place when I tried swinging my left arm while running. I also had some slight pain in my left knee, which I busted up pretty good in the fall.

PM—4 Miles—0:56—1,600’—Mount Sanitas
I started off with an easy run up-and-over Red Rocks from Settlers Park and continued up Sanitas with the same effort. I topped out in ~22 minutes or so, spent about 15 minutes on the summit, and then closed the loop by descending Sanitas Valley. I walked most of the descent until the valley trail. I didn’t really feel like taking another digger until my shoulder had healed from the previous one.

Tuesday, May 6th  
AM—10 Miles—2:14—2,600’—Green Mountain
From Chautauqua, I ascended via Gregory Canyon/Greenman and descended via Bear Canyon. Shortly after the washed out bridge on Gregory I fell into power hike mode. I mostly hiked all the way to the summit with a few short stretches of running: the flat section at the top of Gregory, lower Greenman, the flat stretch of upper Greenman, and the last few switchbacks to the summit. I took the descent even easier; starting off with a slow plod down to the Green-Bear trail junction. When I hit the lower sections of Bear Canyon that follow the rocky creek bed I decided to just walk. I’ve decided to take my runs easy until I get some new contact lenses since I’ve been wearing five-year old glasses the past week or so…

PM—4.5 Miles—0:33—300’—Creek Path
A nice, moderate effort along the creek going up Boulder Canyon.

Wednesday, May 7th
AM—13 Miles—4:25—5,000’—Torreys Peak (14,267’) and Grays Peak (14,270’)
Peter and I had been talking about getting out in the mountains this week. We decided to seize this morning’s weather window before an afternoon storm rolled in. I met Peter and Tara in Golden around 5:30am and we headed off towards Bakerville. We began running from the winter trailhead right off I-70 and I could immediately tell that my legs were lacking energy. I struggled keeping up as we trotted up the three mile stretch of snow-covered road. We reached the summer trailhead in about 0:48. From here up to the summit of Torreys was all hiking. Peter would pull ahead considerably, stop and wait for me, I’d catch up, and we’d repeat. We decided to take the shortcut route to the saddle and hit Torreys first so that we could just come straight down the face of Grays for our descent. Almost immediately after getting on the shortcut we stopped to put on Microspikes since the snow was pretty frozen over and neither of us really felt like taking a 1,000’ slide down the snow slope. From the saddle it was a 600’ slog up to Torreys’ summit that kicked my ass every step of the way. I finally topped out in 2:43. The near-perfect weather allowed us to linger on the summit for a while before heading back down to the saddle for another 600’ slog to the summit of Grays. The altitude really started taking its toll on me during this short ascent; I started feeling dizzy and had to stop fairly often to rest along the way. I hit the summit of Grays in 3:12. Again, the amazing weather permitted us to lounge around on the summit and scheme up bigger routes for the summer. When we finally began our descent we followed a few switchbacks down to a large, continuous snowfield that provided a fun glissading opportunity. Glissading is probably my favorite part about ascending high peaks during this time of year. The snow was beginning to soften up a bit in the willows. Luckily, it stayed firm enough for us to run down without postholing. We hammered out the last three miles from the summer trailhead back to the highway to finish in 4:25. I would guess that Peter would have been somewhere closer to 4:00 without waiting on me. He’s been running G&T every week for 38 weeks. So, he’s got both fitness and acclimation on his side. This was my first time above 11k feet since October, which made this a bit of a sufferfest for me. Couldn’t have been a better day for a sufferfest, though.

Thursday, May 8th
AM—4.5 Miles—0:42—300’—Creek Path
After getting down from Grays and Torreys yesterday I began to feel pretty crappy. Around 5pm I had a pounding headache and felt on the verge of death. I pounded water like crazy in hopes that it was just dehydration and fatigue from my first day up high in a while. I fell asleep around 8pm and woke up around 5am feeling remarkably better. So I went out for an easy jog on the Creek Path this morning. The cool, crisp morning reminded me of heading out early up a 14er in the summer months.

PM—4 Miles—0:45—1,100’—Flatirons Access Trails and Mallory Cave
Legs felt sluggish. So I stayed low and just ran an easy loop of the access trails with the addition of a Mallory Cave loop.

Friday, May 9th
AM—8.5 Miles—1:47—2,650’—Green Mountain
From Chautauqua, up Bear Canyon and down NE Ridge/Frontside. I ran up Bear Canyon at a moderate effort on tired legs. From the summit I began down Greenman before veering onto the NE Ridge route for a mostly offtrail/social trail descent. Sometimes I think I can descend faster off trail than on some of the technical trails in the Boulder area…

PM—5 Miles—2:03—2,500’—2nd Flatiron and Green Mountain
I was supposed to run with JV and George this afternoon, but those plans fell through with Jeff coming down with an illness. So I decided to get out for my first bit of scrambling since falling and hurting my shoulder. Given the afternoon flood of tourists I decided to just hike most of the way up to the base of the 2nd. From there, I began a super slow ascent. My shoes were covered in mud from the lower sections and even after clearing off never really seemed to offer the usual purchase. The entire way up they seemed to be slipping a bit, as if they were a little wet. So I just took my time. After walking off I continued a power hike up to the summit of Green. I took the descent pretty easy until I reached the top of Gregory Canyon. My footwork seemed to be “on” so I picked up the pace on the more technical stretches of Gregory and never missed a step. It’s fun when everything is in perfect rhythm on technical descents.

Saturday, May 10th
AM—8 Miles—2:18—2,650’—Green Mountain
Legs felt like hell today. My original plan was a backside loop, but I ruled that out after power hiking about 75% of the way up the middle route of Green. I descended via the West Ridge, Long Canyon, and Gregory Canyon—walking most of the way. My legs started feeling decent in Gregory Canyon, which led me to picking up the pace a bit. In one of the more technical areas I slightly tweaked my right ankle and decided to walk it on in. Definitely not the day I had in mind, but thankful that I didn’t really hurt my ankle that bad.

Sunday, May 11th
AM—6 Miles—2:36—2,550’—Green Mountain
The mid-May snowstorm that was hammering Boulder gave me the perfect opportunity to take an easy day today. I ran from Chautauqua to the Gregory lot before falling into the slogging pace that I continued up the front side all the way to the summit. I decided to take the middle route back down. I was first tracks from Chautauqua to the summit and back down to the Ranger/Greenman trail junction before seeing Tony’s tracks heading up. My “waterproof” gloves were soaking wet; making for miserably cold hands. If my hands are cold then everything is cold. When I finally got back to Chautauqua I went directly to the bathrooms and used the hand dryers for about 10 minutes to bring some life back into my iced fingers.  


Weekly Totals
Miles—73
Time— 19 hours 05 minutes
Elevation Gain— 21,550  feet




Week in Review: April 28-May4

Monday, April 28th
PM—2 Miles—0:19—500’—Flatirons Access Trails
After driving through horrendous wind in Kansas all day I needed to get out for a run. Predictably, my legs felt like hell. So, I just did a nice and easy two-mile loop around the access trails. Beautiful night in Boulder!

Tuesday, April 29th
AM—9 Miles—3:10—2,950’—2nd Flatiron and Green Mountain
In preparation for the summer I decided to get out on the 2nd Flatiron and test out my scrambling skills that haven’t been used in almost seven months. Of course, I had zero confidence in anything I did. I played around for about 1.5 hours on the 2nd—upclimbing here, downclimbing there, traversing, and what-not. I was basically just trying to get a feel for the rock after so long away. Once I finally topped out I made my way over to the summit of Green and descended Bear Canyon.

PM—3 Miles—1:55—1,200’—2nd Flatiron Hike
David and I decided to get out on the 2nd again this evening. It was his first time in the Flatirons. We just made our way up without ever really being on the Freeway route until the last pitch or two. Come to think of it, I’ve never actually ascended the Freeway route because I have no idea where the hell it really is…

Wednesday, April 30th
AM—5 Miles—2:55—2,850’—Green Mountain Bushwhack
I made my way to the base of the 2nd and spent about an hour scrambling around the lower ~50 feet or so to practice downclimbing. I eventually made my way up between the 2nd and 3rd and enjoyed a little boulder field action as I neared the top of the 2nd. From there I continued up Green via the NE Ridge. I ended up taking a slow-going bushwhack route down that eventually joined with the Gregory Canyon creek bed. I followed the creek until I eventually ended up on the lower stretch of Saddlerock—hopefully that trail was actually open…

Thursday, May 1st
AM—6 Miles—3:24—2,700’—Bear Peak Bushwhack
Gerber and I decided to get out for a hike/bushwhack up the east face of Bear Peak. This was a fun little route that had some decent segments of bushwhacking, some really low-angle slabby scrambling, a little boulder hopping, and some shitty, loose scree’ish sections. This was a great route for a little solitude. We slowly made our way down Fern Canyon, which was surprisingly rockier than I remember.  It’s always fun to explore familiar territory in new ways and to have good company along for the ride.

Friday, May 2nd
AM—17.5 Miles—4:11—6,000’—Flagstaff, Green, Bear, South Boulder, Bear, Green, Flagstaff
My quads were still considerably sore this morning. So, I’m not really sure why I decided on this route. Regardless, I felt great on the climbs, but my legs were a little shaky on the descents. So, I ran the ascents at a good pace and coasted on the downhill stuff. With the exception of getting a little thirsty on my way up Green for the second time I never bonked or had any low patches. I hit my turnaround point, South Boulder, at 2:15 from Ebin G Fine Park. I ran into Neeraj on the summit of Green and chatted for a bit before we both made our way down towards the old four-way. He headed off towards Bear and I headed towards Flagstaff. Fun day of running!

Saturday, May 3rd
AM—8 Miles—2:39—2,650’—2nd Flatiron and Green Mountain
I was doing my usual choose-your-own-adventure route up the 2nd when I noticed a guy above me and to the left a little. I made some comment about having no idea where the Freeway route actually is and he invited me to follow him up it. After chatting for a bit I found out that his name is Shawn Mitchell and his car-to-car PR on the 2nd is around 36 minutes. Damn. He was great conversation all the way up and even took a photo of me doing the leap of faith. After topping out I made my way over to Green and descended Bear Canyon.

PM—2 Miles—1:10—1,200’—2nd Flatiron
Easy scramble up the 2nd in the mid-afternoon heat. There were so many hikers on the trail that I walked most of the way up. I spent about 10-15 minutes poking around the lower section trying to figure out how to get over the bulge in the first 30 feet or so. Finally, I just headed up along the right-hand side and veered left to join the Freeway ramp. From there I cruised up pretty quick, but stopped along the way to talk to some other scramblers. I took the descent at an easy paced run.

Sunday, May 4th
AM—3 Miles—0:47—500’—Mesa Trail
I intended to hit Bear via Fern and then head over to Green with a descent of Gregory Canyon. However, about 1.5 miles into the run I snagged my right foot on a rock, tripped, busted open my left knee, nailed my left shoulder on a rock pretty hard, busted my eye on another rock, and ripped open my right palm. I sat on the ground for a few minutes, shaken by the blow to my head. I finally got up and started walking back towards Chautauqua. When I hit the half-mile of road that leads down to the ranger cottage I started jogging again. The worst part about falls like that is treating all of the wounds…


Weekly Totals
Miles—55
Time— 20 hours 34 minutes
Elevation Gain— 20,550  feet