Friday, December 19, 2014

Snowmass for Breakfast

I hit up Snowmass before I left Aspen and started at the Two-Creek Chairlift (which was closed at the time).  Great +3k climb to the top with a powder descent.  Great way to start the day for sure.  

Aspen and Buttermilk

Work brought me near the Roaring Fork Valley so I took a mid afternoon skin up Buttermilk and then headed over to Ajax for a night time skimo race.  I started well in the race, but near the top of my 2nd lap I lost a skin and bailed.  It was an hour long race and I got over-confident and did not pack a spare skin (or pack for that matter).  Lesson learned, but it was really fun and hopefully I can continue to make the Aspen Town Series Skimo Races.  

Wolf Creek Uphill

I was in Pagosa Springs last Sunday and wanted to skin up to the top of Wolf Creek.  I checked with the ski patrol there about it and they said uphill access was allowed all over the ski area, just make sure to stay to the sides of the runs and do it during operating hours.  Cool!  I got in 3 runs and then had to get moving on.  This place has the most snow in CO for all of the ski resorts here and it is easy for me to get to.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Any Day Now

Trails in town generally get snow cover around December 7 or 8.  This week we've been upper 50-60s for temps and the warmest yet this late in December that I have seen.  
 There is some snow forecast for the weekend, but it is not yet know if it will be significant.  
When I moved here I never wanted to snow to come, now I cannot wait.  

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


As promised here are some photos taken of the Irwin Race.  I've only seen the pictures of the CBMR race on social media so far.

Kevin Krill Photography

Jari Kirkland

Monday, December 08, 2014

Irwin and CBMR Races

I headed over to CB for some skimo racing at Irwin Lodge on Saturday and Crested Butte Mountain Resport on Sunday.  Fun times, and I'll post more later as there will probably be photos and perhaps even movies along with results.  Full moon on the drive over with mostly sunny skies for the races.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Dawn Patrol - Brighton


I made a trip to Moab and did a quick run up Jackson's Trail and came down Captain Ahab.  Nice run, but it seems I always visit Moab when the skies are overcast.  

Monday, December 01, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Warm Weather

It's hard to complain when you can head right out the front door for a big adventure and let the Jeep sit for days.  I'd still prefer some driving for good skiing, but the alternative is not bad.  25 mile loop on some new found trails and thanksgiving leftovers waiting at the finish!

Turkey Trot

Mid 50's on Thanksgiving Day.  I'd prefer some snow in the mountains however, but at least I got to spend some time on the local trails in short sleeves.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Quick Access

I had a quick work trip come up at the last minute for Phoenix.  There are direct flights there from Durango, but this one came on so late my only option was the noon flight, and the 1 PM return the next day.  I know Phoenix well and this trip was initially a perfectly executed plan in efficiency.  After picking up my care rental, I was at the trailhead in less than 15 minutes - and that included a stop for water at a gas station.  South Mountain is so close to the airport!     
 Since I had nothing else to do I ran until it got dark and I got in a little over 14 miles.
 I ran up Javeline, Mormon, National, down Corona, then Desert Classic and some other trails to get back to the start.
 This is a semi regular loop here for me as my usual hotel is 5 minutes from the trail head.  I've biked it more than I've run it, but running is so much easier here.
 Phoenix has a gem of a trail network.  When up North I always stay near the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and do the classic Trail 100.  Cool stuff for an out of town visitor who just wants routine on trips like this.
I enjoyed the run, but when I got back to the car I received horrible news as a family pet cat had died.  It was just so surprising, he died in his sleep - an apparent hearty attack and he was not even 7 years old.  A healthy cat and this just came out of nowhere.  I played with him right before I left for the airport, got my flight, car rental and this run and boom.  Sad news.  Merv old buddy you will be missed!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ski Day!

A couple of days late, but I got out for the first runs of the season today.  A bit light cover but enough powder to do the trick!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Keep Moving

Not many adventures beyond the ordinary the last couple of weeks.  I've just been putting in the miles from out the front door, and some of those just long pavement trips.  Cooler temperatures and snow up high came in this weekend, and I've yet to get ready for skiing.  Hoping later on this week.  Here are some random photos from last week. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Almost Around the Town

The great weather continues, but hopefully we will get snow in the high country soon.  Mid 60's on Saturday meant I could do a nice run in and around town in short sleeves.  I woke up at 4AM and was so efficient that I rolled out of the house at 10:30 AM.  Ugh.  I started with a run up Skyline and the full Raider's Ridge.
 I continued through town and over to Smelter Mountain for great views, but my scouting via Google Earth for a route down to HWY 160 prooved to not be successful and I ended up on a two-track following CR 210/211 and then had to take Wildcat Canyon back to town.  This added on time and miles.
 I made it over to Twin Buttes and ran the upper meadon loop and then up to the Buttes and to the road over to Perins.
 Up on Perins I ended up with a bad chafing problem and when it got puffy I knew I was in a bit of trouble.  I called my trusty companions and got a pickup at the Rock Ridge trailhead.
 I felt strong and wanted to continue, thinking I'd use lights as the plan is to do Animas and also Missionary/Haflin.  I ended up with ~29 miles, 5k climbing.  This route should be ~10k and a bit short of 50 miles if and when completed.  
I tried it last year as well and November is a hard time to do this as the 10:30AM start meant I did not have to carry unwanted clothing for the bulk of the day.  Maybe I'll give this a June trial.