Sunday, September 28, 2014


I finally completed the Durango Mountain Resort to Telluride Mountain Resort ~50-mile adventure I had been working on the last few years.  My last attempt was to ski it which yielded a direct face-to-face with a mountain lion and then a snowstorm whiteout where I zig-zagged just trying to find the end of East Fork Trail.  This time was better with perfect autumn weather.

I hope to do it again with some route changes, and it may just be from Cascade instead as I spent too much time going up DMR and Cascade Road.  If I took Cascade Trail to Engine Creek things would move much faster.  The route took me over Rolling Pass and through Hope Lake which was awesome.  In the future thought if I can scout out the route through Grants/Swampy to Blixt and Wasatch that should be the most straight route.

Jeni ran a SAG Wagon for me and she hiked up with our daughter to Hope Lake from Trout Lake on the Lizard Head side.  I ran out of food and water on the way up to Rolling Pass and was fortunate enough to run into a nice family from here in town and get restocked.  Thanks!  They were doing the same as I had planned, heading up to Hope Lake for the first time.  I'd like to check that area out some more - wow it was beautiful!  Here are some photos!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Coal Creek - Evening Run

Fall colors are exploding right now, mid to late next week should be perfect.  Last night I slipped out for a great run, Pass Creek, down Coal Creek.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Log Chutes

It's on the other side of town so I do not head there much anymore and this time of year it gets shade sooner than my side of town.  However it's still a great place for solitude from the masses.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Black Hawk Loop

A very late start did not derail a very fun day.  I ran the Blackhawk Loop in Reverse, coming down Bolam which was a good choice as I got to the Pass relatively quickly, running up Hotel Draw.  Beautiful adventure all for the price of some gasoline.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Locals Loop

Hermosa-Dutch-Pinkerton-Flagstaff-Jones Creek, always a blast!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Local Trails Work Too

September comes after the summer heat which is followed by the summer monsoons leaving cooler temperatures and solid trails.  It's nice to have this back in the rotation any time of day.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Monday, September 01, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Not Much on the Adventure Front

Things have slowed down since the Grand Traverse Run.  The little one brought home a head cold and promptly gave it to her dad.  Jeni escaped unscathed.  

I've done trips to the gym, and even hit a treadmill for a short while.  The gym was fine but the treadmill was as much fun as watching the grass grow.

I took a trip to Flagstaff and had plans to run Mt. Elden and perhaps even summit Humphrey's Peak, but rain and the cold did not allow for plans.  I finished work at 10 AM Wednesday and decided to just head home.
 I did get to have breakfast at Macy's though.  Without a doubt the best coffee shop on the planet.
 I also found this old gem while spending time in a clients library.  I'm thinking you could build a pretty substantial building if you followed this old code.  Access for wheelchairs and power supplies for computers might not be so great though.
Let's see if I can piece something together this Labor Day weekend.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Grand Traverse Summer Run

I completed the GT Summer Run, ~40-miles point to point from Crested Butte to Aspen over Star and Taylor passes, following most of the ski mountaineering race route.  I surprised myself and finished less than 8 hours, and was happy with the result.  No photographs from me, but there are some floating around Facebook.  Awesome course, great time, excellent event.  We finished at the base of Aspen Ski Area, 1A.  Anyway I now have completed both the skimo and running version of this event.  I'll have to do the mountain bike one next year.

On the way back we stopped in one of my favorite towns, Paonia - the organic growing capitol of CO.  There is a new town cafe called the Hightower and they make most of their food from scratch and use local products when and where they can - typical of this community.  They are known for their strudels and had apple, cherry, peach, blueberry and raspberry available - all of the fruits grown locally naturally.  We got the peach one, and it has the creme cheese filling (dairy from locally raised cows) on the bottom.  Wow, that was a post run indulgence I will not soon forget.  Stop by there when in the area, you will not regret it.  The town also has one of my favorite micro-breweries.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rico-Silverton Trail

I finally ran the Rico-Silverton Trail down from Rolling Pass to Silverton.  I started at Cascade and ran up Engineer Mountain and then worked my may over from there.  Really scenic and fun trail, but I should have checked about the road down below - it was crowded.   

 The next day the family decided to test my tired legs and subsequently dropped me on a trail run.  Fast crowd I run with.  

Monday, August 04, 2014

Late Starts

We had a very wet week from the afternoon monsoons, which means if you sleep in then the high country will be a downpour.  I stayed in town this week and enjoyed the local trails with cooler weather.