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Boulder Canyon - January 23, 2005


Tim, Susan, Yannick, Steve, and I did a couple hours of climbing at Happy Hour Crag in Boulder Canyon today.

15 files, last one added on Sep 27, 2005

Green Mountain and Bear Peak - February 12, 2005


Peter, Fabio, Susan, and I did a Tour of the Flatirons today, climbing both Green Mountain and Bear Peak. Susan took a nasty fall on the descent off Bear Peak, bruising her leg pretty badly. Other than that it was a great hike, consisting of 10 miles and 4,280' of climbing.

34 files, last one added on Feb 14, 2005

Meadow Mountain - March 06, 2005


Andy, Susan, and I climbed Meadow Mountain, on the northern edge of the Indian Peaks Wilderness on Sunday, March 06, 2005. It was a beautiful sunny day, with temps in the mid-60s in Boulder. It was in the mid-40s at the car and mid-20s at the summit of the climb. We experienced wind gusts up to 60mph above treeline. The view into Wild Basin from the summit is outstanding!

60 files, last one added on Mar 07, 2005

Eldorado Mountain - March 12, 2005


Peter, Caroline, Susan, and I climbed Eldorado Mountain, at the southern end of the 'Boulder Group' of peaks. This mountain is considerably more remote than the others, as it has no trail to the summit. Much of the hike was Class 3 scrambling over rocks. The snow was deep and soft, which made for some ugly postholing. Overall, it was a super nice hike and we're glad we did it before the OSMP passed the Visitor Master Plan, which may close this area to all access.

60 files, last one added on Mar 16, 2005

Boulder Canyon - Nip and Tuck - April 03, 2005


We spent a super warm, sunny day rock climbing in Boulder Canyon, at the Nip and Tuck area. We set up a 5.10, 5.9+, 5.8, and 5.7 and played around on them all day. Since I'm out with a rotator cuff tear (shoulder injury), I spent the day hanging on rappel playing with the new Nikon D70.

69 files, last one added on Apr 04, 2005

Lake Isabelle - April 23-24, 2005


A group of us (Peter, Josh, Caroline, Mike, Marella, Susan, and myself) headed up to Lake Isabelle with intentions of camping at the lake and climbing Pawnee Peak the next day. The weather turned bad though, so we had to hike out without climbing. The camping was awesome though... it's a perfect area to winter camp and the full moon made the views at night amazing.

78 files, last one added on Apr 25, 2005

Dinosaur Mountain - March 19, 2005


Peter, Mason, and I did a short off-trail scramble to the near-summit of Dinosaur Peak. Unfortunately, the last 75' or so are closed due to raptor nesting. It's just a 15 sec walk to the top though, so I'm counting it :-). On the way down I climbed onto a rock to take some photos and a frozen rock broke loose and rotated out from under me, causing me to fall of the rock and scrape my leg pretty badly. I also dropped the BRAND NEW Nikon D70 that I had owned for less than 48hrs, but thankfully it wasn't hurt.

30 files, last one added on Apr 29, 2005

Bear Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake Snowshoe - May 08, 2005


Mike Fisher was out visiting this weekend, so we had planned to hike and climb in RMNP... but it wound up snowing 2+ feet instead! We did a nice snowshoe trip from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake and back.

17 files, last one added on May 22, 2005

Bear Peak - May 15, 2005


Susan, Mason, Peter, Annaleen, Josh, Caroline, Lhotse, and I climbed Bear Peak on May 15, 2005. It was a perfect day... nice and sunny and warm. We ascended via Fern Canyon and came down via Bear Canyon for a nice tour of Bear Peak.

18 files, last one added on May 23, 2005

Green Mountain Night Hike - May 20, 2005


Susan, Peter, Annaleen, and I did a nice hike up Green Mountain after work on Friday. We left around 7:30pm and hike the EM Greenman trail to the Ranger Trail and got to the summit in time to watch the sun set. After lingering for a bit and watching the city lights come on, we headed back down the same route.

39 files, last one added on May 23, 2005

Twin Sisters - May 26, 2005


Peter managed to swing a half-day that nicely coincided with my day off... so we headed up to RMNP for a quick hike up Twin Sisters. Conditions were great. It was warm and sunny and the route was 99.99% snow-free. It took us 1hr 40min for the 3.7 mile and 2200 vertical foot ascent, and 1hr 28min for the return trip.

20 files, last one added on May 31, 2005

South Boulder Peak - June 05, 2005


Susan, Mike, Marella, and I did a nice hike up South Boulder Peak today. We climbed it via the Shadow Canyon Trail. The hike was 6.8 miles and had 2900' of elevation gain. After several days of horrid weather, today was sunny and warm.

54 files, last one added on Jun 06, 2005

South Arapaho Peak - June 19, 2005


Mike, Marella, and I did South Boulder Peak on Sunday, June 19, 2005. This is an awesome hike in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Thanks to Marella for the photos! I left the camera in the car and realized it about 2 miles up the trail.

Avalanches were everywhere today. We saw dozens and dozens of wet slides on all aspects. Definately a good day to be on trails/rocks!

41 files, last one added on Jun 24, 2005

Paiute Peak and Mount Audubon - June 25, 2005


Tim Fischer and I climbed Paiute via the southeast ridge, then crossed over to Audubon via the East Ridge of Paiute, then descended to Mitchell Lake via the southeast ridge of Audubon. It was a great day of Class 3 scrambling.

116 files, last one added on Jun 27, 2005

Loch Vale and Bear Lake - RMNP - June 26, 2005


Mike and Juliet were in town visiting this weekend, so Josh, Caroline, Susan and I joined them for a couple dayhikes in RMNP.

69 files, last one added on Jun 28, 2005

Ouzel Lake - Wild Basin Area - RMNP - June 13, 2005


55 files, last one added on Jun 28, 2005

The Decalibron (Mts Bross, Cameron, Democrat, and Lincoln) - July 01, 2005


Today was my day off, so I got up at 3am and drove up to Park County to Kite Lake to do the Decalibron. The Decalibron is 4 Fourteeners in one day: Mt Democrat, Mt Cameron, Mt Lincoln, and Mt Bross. The first two letters of each, plus an 'n' give the name. I wound up doing 4 summits, 8 miles, and 4500' vertical in just a tad over 4 hours. It was good training for the upcoming Pikes Peak Ascent trail race.

30 files, last one added on Jul 02, 2005

Apache Peak - Apache Couloir - July 10, 2005


Mike, Marella, and I climbed the Apache Couloir on Apache Peak, in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, on Sunday July 10, 2005. We got a 6am start from the Long Lake Trailhead. The conditions were spectacular all day, and the snow was in great shape. The descent route was the Queen's Way couloir, which provided a great glissade back into the basin below Apache.

113 files, last one added on Jul 11, 2005

Mount Shavano and Mount Tabegauche - July 4, 2005


Mike, Marella, and I climbed Shavano and Tabegauche... two 14ers that anchor the southern end of the Sawatch Range, near Salida, CO. As is normally the case, the first big 14er day of the year always hurts a bit, but nonetheless, it was still a great hike with great company!

55 files, last one added on Jul 17, 2005

Long's Peak - Kieners Route - RMNP - July 28, 2005


Peter, Charles, and I did the Kiener's Route (aka Mountaineers Route) on the east face of Long's Peak on July 28, 2005. We left Boulder at 1am, and returned exhausted exactly 24 hours later! The climb itself was 18-20 hours long. Perfect weather watched over us the entire day.

204 files, last one added on Sep 27, 2005

Pikes Peak Ascent - Half Marathon - August 20, 2005


On Saturday, August 20, 2005 I raced in the Pike's Peak Ascent Half Marathon. It's billed as the hardest 1/2 marathon in the country. It starts in Manitou Springs, CO and climbs 13.1 miles and 7815 vertical feet (!!) to the summit of Pikes Peak (14,110'). This year, the race started under beautiful blue skies with mild temperatures, but by the time I reached the A-Frame at 10.2 miles, it was threatening to storm badly and the summit was enshrouded in clouds. At 2 miles to go, it began to hail and lightning began striking VERY close. By this point, I decided I was closer to the summit (and safety) than I was by retreating 11.5 miles. I summited in 4hrs 57min in a blinding hailstorm (8" on the ground) with lightning striking all about (some strikes only a 'one-count' away). Susan, Mike, Marella, and Annaleen had driven up to Devil's Playground and taken the shuttle van to the summit earlier to meet me at the top. We learned the road was closed due to the snow. Hundreds of runners and spectators were forced to wait out the storm in the summit house. There were hundreds of people sick, throwing up, on IVs, and on Oxygen. At around 4:30pm, we finally were able to catch a shuttle bus down the icy Pikes Peak toll road (which has no guardrails). All in all... a great epic day!!

55 files, last one added on Aug 22, 2005

Little Pawnee Peak - August 28, 2005


Wayne, Todd, Peter, Josh, and I climbed Little Pawnee Peak via the East Ridge (Class 3) on Sunday, August 28, 2005. It was a quick fun trip up, but it started snowing at the summit so we opted to try a faster descent via a gulley on the north face. It was very loose and took us quite a bit longer than if we'd have just descended the ridge.

37 files, last one added on Aug 29, 2005

Second Flatiron - Freeway (5.0) - September 02, 2005


Wayne, Todd, Mason, and I climbed the 2nd Flatiron after work on Friday, September 02, 2005. We did the Freeway route, which is super easy (5.0). Had a blast and finished right at dark. We actually had to hike out in the dark (4 people w/ 2 headlamps).

9 files, last one added on Sep 06, 2005

Buffalo Mountain Backpacking Trip - September, 2005


Peter, Wayne, and I did a loop backpacking trip around Buffalo Mountain, in the Gore Range. It was a really nice trip, about 15 miles total. We were going to take 3 days, but wound up shortening it town to two, since it wasn't a very long or very hard loop. This would make an excellent one-day trail run or hike.

46 files, last one added on Sep 06, 2005

Mummy Mania - September 24, 2005


Peter and I were going to run the Boulder Backroads 1/2 Marathon today, but decided that instead of paying $65 to run (not very fast) around the dirt roads of Boulder we would do the Mummy Mania traverse and spend the $65 on burgers and beer afterwards. The trip traverses from Chapin Pass on Fall River road, over Mount Chapin (12,454'), Mount Chiquita (13,069'), Ypsilon Mountain (13,514'), Fairchild Mountain (13,560'), Hagues Peak (13,560'), and Mummy Mountain (13,425') and finishes with a brutal 8 mile (5000') decent to the Lawn Lake Trailhead. The 16 mile traverse consisted of 6100' of elevation gain, 8900' of elevation loss and took us 14 hours and 40 minutes. Overall, it was extremely hard, but a good time!

93 files, last one added on Sep 26, 2005

East Beckwith Mountain - October 01, 2005


Susan and I were in the Kebler Pass area for the fall colors, and the allure of East Beckwith proved too much. Saturday I scoped out a route up the North Ridge, which looked to be about Class 3. Once on top, I decided to traverse the entire eastern cirque and drop down to Dollar Lake. This ridge proved to be quite exposed, with a true knife edge for considerable distances (with 500 foot drops off both sides). The climbing wasn't technically hard, but the prospect of a 500' drop made me carefully consider all of my hand and foot placements. The views of the fall colors from up high where absolutely amazing!

67 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2005

Pawnee Peak - October 09, 2005


Peter and I climbed Pawnee Peak (12,943') in the Indian Peaks today. We got there just as a MAJOR winter storm started (they are calling for 2-3 feet!). By the time we summited at noon there was 8" on the ground and it was whiteout conditions. It was a fun day to be out in the mountains!

33 files, last one added on Oct 09, 2005

Crystal Peak and Peak 10 - October 16, 2005


Charles, Peter, and I climbed Peak 10 and Crystal Peak on October 16, 2005. There was a lot of new unconsolidated snow which meant we spent most of the day postholing. It was beautiful weather and this area of the Tenmile Range is very impressive.

76 files, last one added on Oct 17, 2005

First Flatiron - November 06, 2005


38 files, last one added on Nov 07, 2005

Boulder Canyon - Riviera - December 26, 2005


Charles, Amy, Josh, Caroline, Peter, and myself enjoyed beautiful 70 degree weather by doing a bit of climbing at the Riviera, in Boulder Canyon.

34 files, last one added on Dec 26, 2005

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