The weather cooperated and the high country is open right now so I did a nice big loop that sent me over Ophir, Oscar and Black Bear Passes then down over to Red Mountain Pass.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I tried to head up on Jura Knob as part of my coal Creek-Deer Creek loop but ran into the seasonal sheep herd. With these sheep you do not get near them as they have mean dogs that protect the herd. The usually head up to the un-named peak over White Creek and they were travelling in that direction. The sheep herders were up there too as I ran by their tent going down Deer.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
But not a drop to drink!
I ran the full Missionary Ridge from town and came down Stevens Creek. This is a tough run as the trail is pretty beat up. There was a large fire back here, I believe it was 2003 and there is still a lot of dead fall, eroded trail and this time of year a lot of overgrowth. I had 94 oz of water and by the time you drop down to the CR 250 it's almost 25 miles. Even with a filter, which I did not bring, the only water to be found is muddy or full of cow crap. But the flowers were out!
I hit a cow caravan on the ridge and there is really no way to get around them. I'm just not willing to get within 20 ft. of a 300 lb. animal in the back country all by myself - so I had to follow the cows and wait until they found one of there off shoot trails.
Monsoon season is in full effect and I've did 3 runs in a soaking rain this week, so I hit this one up to be dry. I'm going back to the high country today and will enjoy the moisture even more.
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Up Engineer Mountain Trail and down Engine Creek then Cascade back to the Jeep. Another goto loop here locally. Monsoon rains have started and I ran a couple hours in the rain with about 20 minutes in a full downpour. With running it is no big deal, but for biking is it a show stopper. C.A.M.P. B-DRY rain jacket kept me dry and warm!
Saturday, July 04, 2015
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
My last year of running the DDC - next year Joey and Danny get the full reigns as I'm retiring from the MTB race scene. Alternative route this year due to a lot of snow still up on the main route.
Jesse Jakomait in the lead from start to finish for another win here.
I helped host the Hotel Draw aid Station and went for a run opposite of the riders. My first run up corral Draw and it was really fun.
Kylie Krauss won the womens portion and this photo says it all. She stopped here after the picture and chatted with me for a while. You do not have to be in race mode when you are shredding the field.
Good thing we missed Indian Ridge in 2015.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Thursday, June 04, 2015
I passed through Flagstaff for work and was able to run up Schultz on through Dry Lake and Brookbank and return on Rocky Ridge. Fueled up at Macy's to make a great pass through. All that time sitting in the car made possible on trails I've recreated on nearly 20 years now.