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2008 Climbing, Hiking, Trail Running, and Backpacking
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Devil's Backbone Run - Ft Collins - January 13, 2008


Thirteen of the Special Idiots met in Fort Collins for a spectacular run along the Devil's Backbone/Blue Sky trails. Most in the group did 21 miles, a few did 22.5 miles, and Kari and I did 27 miles. It's a great place for early season runs since the lack of tree cover helps the snow melt off quickly.

21 files, last one added on Jan 15, 2008

Mount Silverheels - February 23, 2008


The winter gathering this year was Mount Silverheels (13,822') near Breckenridge. About 35-40 people showed up to do this one, which in itself is crazy! The climb was pretty forgettable, but it was really great to meet so many nice folks throughout the day. Most people met for beers afterward, but we had to be back home by 7pm and couldn't make that.

17 files, last one added on Feb 24, 2008

Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyons - San Rafael Swell, Utah - April 25, 2008


34 files, last one added on Apr 29, 2008

Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon - Paria, UT - April 26, 2008


100 files, last one added on Apr 29, 2008

Colorado Trail Epic Run - May 10, 2008


Charles, Tress, Mike Priddy, Joe and I did an epic trail run of the Colorado Trail on May 10, 2008. It was epic because of waist deep snow near the end (covered with a thin crust). A simple 6-7 hour run turned into a huge 12 hour ordeal. We finished right after dark. The run wound up being almost 38 miles, with more than 6500' of elevation gain.

54 files, last one added on May 12, 2008

Dragonstail Couloir - Flattop Mountain RMNP - June 16, 2008


Mike, Marella, and I climbed Dragonstail Couloir on Flattop Mountain on June 16, 2008. It was our last climb together before they moved to Montreal for 3-4 years. The climb was absolutely stellar... it was a great way to go out in style!

121 files, last one added on Jul 02, 2008

Mount Audubon Run - July 5, 2008

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Hope Pass Double (Leadville 100 course preview) Run - July 6, 2008


39 files, last one added on Jul 08, 2008

Fish Hatchery to Twin Lakes (Leadville 100 course preview) - July 19, 2008


On Saturday July 19, I did a 34 mile trail run on the middle section of the Leadville 100 course. I ran from Fish Hatchery to Twin Lakes and back. The distance wound up being longer than the race because I missed a few turns on the course (stayed on the Colorado Trail too long). Elevation gain was about 4500' and it took me a little under 7:30, counting all stops to treat water, etc.

30 files, last one added on Jul 21, 2008

Pawnee Pass - Buchanan Pass Trail Run - Indian Peaks - July 20, 2008


A bunch of us (me, Kari, Eric, Tressa, Mike, Caroline, and Becky) ran the stellar Buchanan Pass - Pawnee Pass loop in the Indian Peaks Wilderness today. It was a 27.8 mile loop over two 12,500' passes. The wildflowers were in full bloom and were stellar!!

93 files, last one added on Jul 21, 2008

Lake Isabelle Hike - temp photos


63 files, last one added on Jul 28, 2008

RMNP - 20080727 - temp photos


77 files, last one added on Jul 28, 2008

The Seal - East Face North Side (5.4, 5 pitches) - July 29, 2008


I climbed the Seal with my out-of-state friends Rick and Monica on July 29. Great climb! Probably my favorite Flatiron to date. We climbed the East Face North Side route, which was 850' long and rated 5.4. The best pitch was #4... a perfect finger crack that ran for 120'.

73 files, last one added on Jul 30, 2008

High Lonesome Loop Trail Run - August 30, 2008


Kari and I ran the High Lonesome Loop up in the Indian Peaks Wilderness on August 30, 2008. The weather was absolutely stellar, as was the route.

40 files, last one added on Aug 30, 2008

Ruby Range Traverse - Sept 29, 2008


91 files, last one added on Sep 29, 2008


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St Vrain Mountain - February 25, 2007


Andy (Gerber), Charles, Fabio and I did a hike up in the IPW with the intention of climbing St Vrain Mountain. The winds were brutal at the Meadow - St Vrain saddle so we turned around there. Andy and I brought skis and skied out... what a great way to travel, we beat Charles and Fabio out by 42 minutes!

33 files, last one added on Feb 28, 2007

Longs Peak Winter Ascent via The Trough - March 17-18, 2007


Charles, Peter, Mike, Marella, Fabio, Eric, Brian, and I set out to climb Longs Peak via the Trough (with a high camp at Black Lake) over the weekend of March 17-18, 2007. Conditions were stellar and Charles, Brian, Eric, Fabio, and I summited about 10am Sunday under sunny skies and windy conditions. A winter ascent of Longs has eluded me for a long, long time, so it was nice to finally put that behind me.

115 files, last one added on Mar 20, 2007

Mayflower Hill - March 11, 2007


Mike, Marella, Chris Fisher, Eric Lee, Peter S, and I attempted to climb Pacific and Atlantic (and probably Crystal) today. We reached Mayflower Hill and Susan called to tell me Michael was in the hospital with a possible bowel obstruction (life threatening condition requring emergency surgery)... so we all quickly turned back and headed down.

Thankfully, Michael's condition was just a serious viral stomach bug and 6 hours of IV fluids got him back on track. It was a beautiful day to be out, even for a short time...and I look forward to returning to these mountains soon.

37 files, last one added on Mar 12, 2007

BTR Night Run - April 17, 2007


5 files, last one added on Apr 19, 2007

Grand Canyon R2R2R - May 12, 2007


A ton of us headed out to run a R2R2R or a Rim-to-River-to-Rim the weekend of May 11-13. A total of 12 people wound up going. R2R2R: Me, Charles Danforth, Eric Lee, Chris Fisher, Michael Hodges, Kari Fraser, and Joy Robertson. On the Rim-to-River and back side: Andy Leach and his dad Jim, Amy Danforth, Sarah Mercer and Seth, and Todd Croke. The conditions were brutal, with temps hitting 113 degrees, so times were slow and there was much suffering. In the end, we were a great group that made it through the tough conditions. Next time... November when temps are lower!

188 files, last one added on May 15, 2007

Mount Meeker - Dreamweaver - May 27, 2007


Mike, Marella, Charles, and I climbed Dreamweaver on Mount Meeker on May 27. Conditions were perfect and the route is incredible!

63 files, last one added on May 28, 2007

James Peak - June 08, 2007


Wayne, Yancy, and I climbed the standard East Ridge route on James Peak on Friday, June 08, 2007. Snow conditions were great and I skied off the summit. About 2/3 of the route was skiable.

54 files, last one added on Jun 11, 2007

Mount Antero - June 24, 2007


Mike, Marella, Roger (Marella's dad), Eric, and I climbed Antero on Sunday, June 24, 2007. We took the standard Baldwin Gulch route. Eric and I had to park down near the road because the Baldwin Gulch road is way too rough and steep for a Subaru to negotiate. It was a beautiful day with great company, but the route sucks... miles and miles of loose rocky Jeep road.

I forgot my camera, so all photos are my Marella.

38 files, last one added on Jun 25, 2007

BTR Night Run - Mount Audubon - July 3, 2007


A REALLY fun Boulder Trail Runners night run up to the summit of Mount Audubon (13,221') in the Indian Peaks!

11 files, last one added on Jul 10, 2007

Longs Peak Grand Slam Attempt - July 8, 2007


On Sunday July 8, 2007, Peter, Mike, Marella, and I attempted the Radical Slam in RMNP. This involves summiting Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, Pagoda Mountain, Storm Peak, Mount Lady Washington, Battle Mountain, and Estes Cone all in one day (about 20 miles and 8500' of gain). We made it almost to the top of Storm Peak when (ironically) a storm caused us to abort early. Still a fun day out in the mountains with friends though!

84 files, last one added on Jul 10, 2007

Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop - July 28, 2007


A bunch of BTR runners and friends (11 total) met in Aspen to run the Four Pass Loop on Saturday, July 28, 2007. This is a super scenic 28 mile loop that circles the Maroon Bells. There is almost 9000' of climbing as the trail climbs over four major passes: West Maroon Pass, Frigid Air Pass, Trailrider Pass, Buckskin Pass. It was an INCREDIBLE run with a really awesome group of people!

102 files, last one added on Jul 30, 2007

Mount Huron - August 12, 2007


Eric, Tressa, Peter, and I drove over to Leadville to join Todd, Yasuyo, Charles, and Amy for a mellow camping trip and climb of Mount Huron. We didn't find Todd and Yasuyo until we got to the summit of Huron, but the rest of us had a great time camping near Winfield. The climb was at a VERY mellow pace since we were all tapering for various events (Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon/double or Leadville 100). I forgot how much fun it can be to just to a nice "hike" instead of a death march!

14 files, last one added on Aug 13, 2007

Navajo Peak - August 26, 2007


110 files, last one added on Sep 05, 2007

Radical Slam - September 09, 2007


On Sunday, September 9, 2007 Alan Smith, Eric Lee, and I attempted the Radical Slam. This was my 3rd or 4th attempt at the Grand/Radical Slam. The Radical Slam is climbing Mount Meeker, Longs Peak, Pagoda Mountain, Storm Peak, Mount Lady Washington, Battle Mountain, and Estes Cone in one day. You must finish off the climb by completing 50 push-ups in the parking lot. I finished in 13hr22min. Eric and Alan were a minute or two ahead of me on the run back in from Estes Cone. Total distance is about 19 miles and elevation gain is about 9000' vertical feet. Almost the entire day is spent well above treeline to climb these 7 mountains.

59 files, last one added on Sep 12, 2007

South Boulder Creek/Bobolink Trail Run - October 17, 2007


I decided to get in a quick recovery run to help loosen up my back (lifting injury) and my legs (sore from the Denver Marathon last Sunday), so I headed down to the Bobolink trail for a run on my lunch hour. Since it was a recovery paced event, I brought the camera to capture some of the nice fall color.

20 files, last one added on Oct 19, 2007

Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim (R2R2R) 50 mile run - November 3, 2007


A group of Special Idiots headed back to the Grand Canyon for yet another 50 mile double crossing on November 3, 2007. Commonly referred to as a rim-to-rim-to-rim or R2R2R in the ultrarunning circles, it's a super classic one day run that covers 42-48 miles, depending on route taken. We took the 46 mile route and added another 4 miles on the south rim, to make it an even 50 miler. There is over 11,000' of elevation gain on this run and it's an extremely serious undertaking... especially in the hotter summer months (it's suicide in the summer).

For this trip, we had 9 Special Idiots: myself, Ben Smith, Jonas Fast, Kari Fraser, and Fritjof Fagerlund in one car. The Estes Park crew of Michael Hodges, Alan Smith, and Michal Poland joined us at the south rim. Michael P couldn't run due to injury. Alan and Michael H started a while after us and unfortunately, we only saw them briefly near the North Rim.

159 files, last one added on Nov 08, 2007

Green Mountain Hike - November 11, 2007


22 files, last one added on Nov 14, 2007

Night Run - December 1, 2007


A big group of us did a nice long night run on Saturday, December 1, 2007. We wound up running 16.2 miles with 2600' of elevation gain. Temps were cold, but we had a great time! Present were: Peter S, Kari F, Chris G, Steph E, Eric Lee, Stephanie, Shane, Sam, Chip Tilden (visiting from NYC), and Ben S. We finished up as the snow started falling and had a great dinner of ribs and beer. Kristen Alvarez was able to meet up with us for the dinner.

14 files, last one added on Dec 03, 2007

Nederland to Boulder Trail Run - December 22, 2007


Early in the week, I hatched a plan to run from Boulder to Nederland, via as much trail as possible. I found a great route that would take us there on 95% trail over 32 miles and 9000' of gain. Someone had the brilliant idea to switch the direction to keep the gain at a respectable 5800', so we did that. On Saturday, Charles Danforth, Stephanie Ehret, Chris Fisher, Kari Fraser, Kurt, and myself jumped on the 7:10am bus headed for Nederland. When we arrived at the high school at 8am, we were greeted with single digit temps, wind chills around -30F, about 6-12" of new snow (on a substantial base), and winds gusting to about 50mph. Due to the conditions, we altered the upper part of the run to use primarily plowed dirt roads, as the trails would be knee to hip deep snow. After a wonderful aid station break at Peter Bakwin's parent's cabin at the 2 hour mark, we continued on and switched over to trails at Walker Ranch. Due to the late hour and toll the run took on us, Kari and I bailed at Eldo and finished with about 25 miles, while Steph and Kurt closed the loop back to downtown Boulder, for about 30 miles.

64 files, last one added on Dec 23, 2007


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The Matron - January 14, 2006


Fabio, Peter, Kristin, Mason, and I climbed the Matron on Saturday. We originally intended to climb 'The North Face' 5.6, but it proved to be a very sketchy lead (the first pitch). After flailing around on it for several hours, we went down and climbed the East Ridge 5.5. For a 5.5, it was very hard, and scared me quite a bit. The photos are a combination of mine, Fabio's, and Kristin's, with credit given for theirs.

65 files, last one added on Jan 16, 2006

Longs Peak - February 24-25, 2006


George, Bill, Charles, and I attempted to climb the Trough on Long's this weekend. Weather and conditions were great, but we got a late start and were moving a little too slow. We wound up turning back around 13,300' since it was getting late in the day. Still a really nice climb with great people.

127 files, last one added on Feb 26, 2006

Mount Bancroft - Direct East Ridge - April 23, 2006


Charles, Andy, Mike, Marella and I climbed the Direct East Ridge (Grade II, 5.2) of Mount Bancroft today. Bancroft sits in the southern part of the Indian Peaks. The East Ridge is an airy exposed technical climb consisting of a rappell into a notch, a short bit of 5.2ish (about 40') rock and a lot of knife edge snow and Class 3/4 scrambling. All in all, it was a great day, and nice to finally be able to climb with Andy.

137 files, last one added on Apr 25, 2006

Pawnee Peak - East Ridge - June 08, 2006


64 files, last one added on Jun 10, 2006

Summitpost Gatherning - Little Matterhorn - RMNP - June 10, 2006


Photos from the Summitpost Gathering and Brewfest. We climbed Little Matterhorn (Class 4) and finished off the day with the Estes Park Brewfest. In attendance where: Andy Leach, Chris (me), Gareth, Jenna, Marella Canny, Michael, Michael, Mike Latham, Nelson, Peter Sanders, Todd Croke, and Wes. It was a great time, and I looks forward to climbing with everyone again!

118 files, last one added on Jun 14, 2006

South Arapahoe Peak - Skywalker Couloir - June 20, 2006


Mike, Marell, Charles, and I took advantage of a Tuesday and avoided the crowds on the Skywalker Couloir. We left Boulder at 3:30am, hit the trail around 5am, and started the couloir about 6:30am. The snow in the lower 3/4 was rock hard snow (and somewhat difficult for me due to some issues I was having with my crampons), but the sun was able to warm the Princess Leia finish to provide absolutely perfect conditions for the very steep (65 degree) snow at the top. This was definatley my favorite snow climb to date... awesome climb!

230 files, last one added on Jun 21, 2006

Indian Peaks Trail Run - Betty Lake/Skyscraper Lake Loop - June 24, 2006


Don, Yasuyo, and I did an awesome trail run today. We started at the Hessie TH and ran up the King Lake Trail to Bob and Betty Lakes, just below the Continental Divide. We crossed over a minor pass and dropped down to Skyscraper lake and ran out the Woodland Lake drainage. It was about 13 miles, 2740' of elevation gain, and took us about 4 hours including stops (3hrs running, 1hr of breaks).

33 files, last one added on Jun 24, 2006

Mount Meeker - Longs Peak - Storm Peak - June 27, 2006


I had the day off, so intended to get up really early and try the Grand Slam. Unfortunately I wound up sleeping in and arrived at the Longs Peak TH at 6:00am (about 4 hours late). I wound up climbing Meeker (13,911') via the Loft, traversed over and climbed Longs Peak (14,256') via Clark's Arrow, and descended the Keyhole route tagging Storm Peak (13,326') on the way down. Car to car time was 9 hours 2 minutes.

91 files, last one added on Jun 28, 2006

Mount Audubon and Pauite Peak Trail Run - July 01, 2006


Charles, Peter, and I ran Mount Audubon today, in preparation for the upcoming Pikes Peak Marathon. We felt great and summited in 1hr 23min (Peter was about 5 minutes faster, and Chales about 3 min faster). We then scrambled over to Pauite via the East Ridge, reaching the summit in a little under an hour, then scrambled and glissaded down to Blue Lake and ran out. Distance was about 10 miles, with 3115' of elevation gain, and the total time was 4hr 28min car to car.

18 files, last one added on Jul 04, 2006

Ice Lakes Basin Hike - July 15, 2006


Peter and I did a nice hike into the Ice Lakes Basin. We were stormed out at the first basin, so didn't make it to upper Ice Lake. The wildflowers here are AMAZING!

56 files, last one added on Jul 18, 2006

Ruby Range Traverse - West Elks Wilderness - July 12, 2006


After volunteering at the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run, Peter and I stopped off in Crested Butte on the way home and did a "run" of the Ruby Range. We climbed Ruby Mountain, Mount Owen, Purple Peak, and Mount Afley. It was about 3800' of elevation gain and 8 miles. It took 5hr 28min car to car, including a lot of leisure time on the summits.

125 files, last one added on Jul 18, 2006

Tenmile Traverse - July 29, 2006


On Saturday, July 29, 2006 Mike, Marella, Charles, Nathan, and I set out with the very ambitious goal of traversing the Tenmile Range from Mount Royal to Peak 10, in one day. This would be 12 summits, 16.5 miles, and about 8000' of elevation gain. We set out at 4am and finished the entire traverse 15 hours later. All in all, it was a great but exhausting day out in the mountains!

119 files, last one added on Jul 31, 2006

Indian Peaks Uberrun - August 06, 2006


Peter, Charles, and I did a big run in the Indian Peaks on Sunday, Aug 6. We started at Moffat Tunnel and climbed to Heart Lake and then to Roger's Pass. From there we ran down the divide to Rollins Pass and caught the old railroad grade back to Forest Lakes. From Forest Lakes, we returned via trail to the East Portal. Total distance was about 19 miles. All photos courtesy of Charles Danforth... I brought my camera, but no batteries.

46 files, last one added on Aug 07, 2006

Mount Sherman - August 12, 2006


35 files, last one added on Aug 13, 2006

Mount Harvard - September 2-3, 2006


Spent the weekend with Charles, Amy, ??,and Andy. We backpacked into the Horn Fork Basin and climbed Mount Harvard. It was a beautiful weekend to be out camping and climbing.

123 files, last one added on Sep 05, 2006

Mount Sherman - September 15, 2006


Had the day off so I did a quick trip up Sherman. Weather was pretty crappy up high, blowing snow about 60mph. Got up in an hour, down in 45 minutes. Sherman wasn't a very memorable climb, that's for sure... pretty boring one.

24 files, last one added on Sep 21, 2006

Sky Pond Hike - September 26, 2006


A nice quick hike to Sky Pond with Wayne.

124 files, last one added on Sep 27, 2006

Grand Canyon - Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Run - November 25, 2006


Over Thanksgiving weekend, Todd, Yasuyo, Peter, and I headed down to Grand Canyon National Park to do a bit of trailrunning. Originally, Todd and Yasuyo planned to run from the South Rim to the river (Phantom Ranch) and back (18 miles) and Peter and I were going to run from the South Rim to Cottonwood campground and back (34 miles). Todd and Yasuyo wound up going all the way to Cottonwood and Peter and I did the full R2R2R (46 miles). When we topped out at 9pm, the radios didn't work (to call Todd for a pickup) so we wound up walking another 3 or so miles to the campgound! Not a bad day for our first 50 mile run! It took us about 17 hours and had 11,400' of elevation gain... by far the hardest day I've ever had.

184 files, last one added on Nov 30, 2006

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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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Mount Sanitas Hike - March 23, 2004


A quick trail run with Lhotse up Mount Sanitas.

12 files, last one added on May 02, 2004

Rock Climbing - Boulder Canyon - May 05, 2004


Mike, Marella, and I climbed in Boulder Canyon after work Wednesday, May 05, 2004. These photos were taken at The Boulderado, on the climb 'Idle Hands (5.6)'. The amazing thing about Boulder is that this crag is less than 10 miles from downtown (and it's a long way up the canyon by Boulder standards!), so we could swing by after work and still get in a couple hours of quality climbing.

10 files, last one added on May 06, 2004

Bear Lake / Dream Lake Hike - Rocky Mountain NP - February 22, 2004


This was a great day for a snowshoe trip in Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked from Bear Lake, past Emerald Lake, to Dream Lake. Dream Lake sits high in Tyndall Gorge, below Hallet Peak and Flattop Mountain.

15 files, last one added on May 02, 2004

Mount Bierstadt - May 08, 2004


I climbed Mount Bierstadt on Saturday, May 08, 2004. I took the standard West Slopes route with the intention of crossing the Sawtooth ridge to Mount Evans, then descending a large, prominent, west-facing coulouir on Evans' west slopes. After summiting Bierstadt in 1hr 53min, I wound up bailing off the Sawtooth ridge at about 13,500' due to deep unconsolidated snow and evidence of recent avalanche activity.

31 files, last one added on May 08, 2004

Mount Sanitas Hike - May 01, 2004


Mount Sanitas (6,863 feet) is a small Front Range peak virtually in downtown Boulder. You can literally walk to the trailhead from Pearl Street in about 10 minutes. It's a very pleasant short hike (3.3 miles round trip, 1400 feet of elevation gain) that offers great views of Boulder and the Front Range. Susan and I did this Saturday afternoon, May 01, 2004.

22 files, last one added on May 02, 2004

South St Vrain Canyon - May 29, 2004


Saturday, May 29, 2004 we climbed at Lower Infirmary Slab in South St. Vrain Canyon, near Lyons, Colorado. The routes consisted of granite slabs with highly sandbagged ratings, but the climbing was still fun.

9 files, last one added on Jun 01, 2004

Twin Sisters - Rocky Mountain National Park - May 02, 2004


Susan and I did the nice hike to the summit of Twin Sisters (11,428 ft) on Sunday, May 02, 2004. It was a perfect bluebird day, temps were in the 60s at the base, and 40s and windy at the summit. Twin Sisters is a great hike because it relatively easy and short (4 miles each way), but has commanding views of Long's Peak's massive east face. One of these days I'll drag myself out of bed early enough (about 3am) to get some photos of the alpenglow on Long's as the sun rises.

45 files, last one added on May 02, 2004

Mount Neva and Mount Jasper - June 13, 2004


Susan and I did our first trip in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, to climb Mt Neva and Mt Jasper. The weather was a little overcast and threatening, but the route on Neva was awesome. We climbed the Desdomona Couloir, which reached about 45-50 degrees in steepness. Snow conditions were perfect.

72 files, last one added on Jun 14, 2004

Green Mountain - May 16, 2004


Susan, Lhotse, and I hiked up Green Mountain on a beautiful spring day. Green Mountain (8144ft) is the mountain that contains the legendary Flatirons, which make up the western skyline of Boulder.

43 files, last one added on May 17, 2004

Missouri Mountain (14,067') - June 20, 2004


Mike, Marella, Susan, and I did a nice climb of Missouri Mountain (14,067), in the Sawatch Range, south of Leadville. Missouri is a hard-to-see 14er tucked in behind Belford and Oxford. It was a beautiful spring day, but the snow conditions were lousy from a week of rain... lots of postholing to our waists.

92 files, last one added on Jun 22, 2004

Golden Gate Canyon State Park - May 21-23, 2004


Susan, Lhotse, and I joined Yannick, Frank, Rob, and Christina for a 2 day backpacking trip in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. The trip included an off-trail bushwack to the summit of Tremont Mountain (~10,300ft), which provided stunning views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

53 files, last one added on May 24, 2004

Mount Bierstadt - July 04, 2004


Sue and I climbed Mount Bierstadt via the standard West Slopes route. It was an enjoyable way to spend the 4th of July.

46 files, last one added on Jul 06, 2004

Mount Democrat - July 18, 2004


Chris Stubbs, Susan, and I climbed Mount Democrat via the East Ridge/Slopes route. We intended to do the Decalibron (Democrat, Bross, Cameron, and Lincoln), but poor weather at the summit of Democrat made us change our minds and opt to come back another day. Visibility at the summit was approx 100 feet. Torrential rain was falling in Fairplay as we left, so the decision was probably warranted.

40 files, last one added on Jul 19, 2004

Maroon Bells Backpacking Trip - Septemper 16-18, 2004


184 files, last one added on Sep 20, 2004

La Plata Peak - July 25, 2004


Mike, Marella, Susan and I climbed La Plata Peak (14, 336') via the standard Northwest Ridge (Grade II, Class 2) route. It was 9.0 miles with about 4500' of elevation gain. The weather was perfect... sunny day with very little wind.

100 files, last one added on Jul 26, 2004

Mount of the Holy Cross - July 31 - Aug 1, 2004


91 files, last one added on Aug 02, 2004

Third Flatiron - August 13, 2004


Ben, Yannick, and I climbed the Third Flatiron via the Standard East Face (5.4) route on Friday 13, 2004.

85 files, last one added on Aug 14, 2004

Mount Audubon - October 23, 2004


Susan and I climbed Mount Audubon (13,221') in the Indian Peaks Wilderness today. It was warm (about 20F on the summit) and sunny, but extremely windy. I'd guess the winds at the summit were gusting to 70-80mph.

36 files, last one added on Oct 24, 2004

Half Mountain - December 11, 2004


A large group of us (Me, Susan, Mike, Marella, Yannick, Peter, Tim, and Susan N) attempted Half Mountain on Saturday, December 11, 2004. We were greeted with deep powder and gale force winds. After getting to within 200 vertical feet of the summit and being blown all over the place, we bailed out and headed down.

32 files, last one added on Dec 13, 2004

Mount Yale - August 08, 2004


21 files, last one added on Feb 13, 2006

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