Sunday, July 05, 2015

Round the Mountain

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


Nice run up the Engineer Mountain Trail and then up to the peak trail.  Got a bit stormy up there so no summit.  Will have to make it a goal to summit this year.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Coal Creek - Deer Creek Loop

One of my favorite after work runs is now open.  Late season snows pushed this back - I ran this in May last year.  Good to have this back in the rotation!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Durango Dirty Century 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


Still some snow in the high country trails, but it is melting fast!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

See Forever

Had some work up in Telluride and hit up a run from Carhenge to See Forever.  Still plenty of snow above 11k, but it's melting fast!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Elden Loop

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.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Out and About

2 months after surgery today and things have progressed well.  I only wear the delta cast for running, but do not need it for work or most other things.  The wrist bends forward ~30 degrees but nearly no movement backwards.  In other words I will have to do knuckle push-ups the rest of my life.  So I'm a little scared about tripping and landing on my hand at this stage so I've got the cast for support.  I could probably ride a road bike, but the running works well.  This was my longest run since the surgery - the 20 mile Hermosa-Dutch-Pinkerton-Flagstaff-Jones loop where the ones prior have mostly been road runs which are too boring to post pictures here.  

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Shaving Weight

So I finally had wrist surgery - this thing has been killing me.  Old bike injury, led to multiple MRIs with the last one having the word 'severe' mentioned a few times in the radiologists report.  Had to stop biking - have not ridden in over a year and my handwriting turned illegible. Proximal Row Carpectomy is the procedure with a whole row of bones removed to "double up" on the remaining cartilage and rid me of arthritis. Any longer and it would be a total wrist fusion.   Here is the procedure - now it is time to heal up and recover.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Back to the Ridge

Skis placed back in storage, running shoes dusted off.  Back to trails!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Skimo Season

The 2015 season is complete, or at least I think it is.  I took advantage of end-of-the year pricing in addition to historic lows of the Euro vs. the Dollar and bought a new set of race equipment.  6.96 lbs total for the boots, bindings, and skis - that is both pair too.  3.5 lbs per leg.  No kidding!

I raced the Wasatch Powder Keg solo race at Brighton UT and also the USA Skimo National Championships in Crested Butte. 3 days of racing for $150.  If it was MTB racing that would cost 6 times as much.  There I raced the Friday night Vertical Climb race, the solo race on Saturday, and the Duo race with Tim Bishop of Denver on Sunday.  Tim and made the podium (although neither of us were there fore the actual podium - we skipped the awards to both get home to see the family) as we took 3rd place Master's Class.  Both Wasatch and Crested Butte were the same based on this seasons weather - icy and very difficult.  Crested Butte also included a technical climb with 1000 ft of rope requiring a lashed ascender and via ferrata (Italian for fall protection device) mounted to a waist harness.  Fotos here albeit through a bunch of social media links.

All photos by others of course on social media.  I did take a self photo prior to the solo race with the climbing equipment lashed around my waist and the skis on my pack (with shovel, beacon, probes, extra skins, etc).

In short this was a blast and I'll be back next year.  I've biked and run through the winters and been bored the entire time.  This season was just perfect even if the weather did not cooperate.  I hit 51 days of skiing for free, skied for free at Telluride, Brighton, Hesperus, Purgatory (poach), Wolf Creek, Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Wolf Creek and from races I did Taos, Powderhorn, Santa Fe, Sunlight, Irwin Lodge, Crested Butte, and of course Brighton.  Not one lift ticket was purchased, although a few were given to me via race entry.  The skimo gear pays for itself!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

No So Hateful Eight

 Before this recent snowstorm which was needed, I did find time to venture back up to Telluride for another ski day.  4 big laps with ~8k of climbing as I found a route to go uphill higher.  
 Quintin Tarantino is filming a new film up here (The Hateful Eight) and they needed snow so there was a cool photo of Samuel L. Jackson in the local paper burning skis in a bonfire as an offering to Ullr.  Apparently it worked, albeit a few days later.  I'm probably headed back this weekend unless I figure out a way to do the Power of 4.  
I've been running the Trab skins on the Hagans which the skin attachment doesn't quite fit into the notch, but after breaking 4 ski ropes this season I'm liking the Trab metal clip.  Small diameter stretch cord is apparently hard to come by here in Durango.  

We Got Snow!

Friday, February 20, 2015


I headed down to New Mexico for some Ski Mountaineering (skimo) Races at Santa Fe and Taos.  Like most things these days, results and photos are on social media and not on websites so no links - and of course I had no time for photos.  In short the pros were over in Europe for the world championships so pack fodder like me moved up in the finish order substantially.  New Mexico also had a lot of locals show up which is so great - the state is really embracing this.  Not close to where CO or UT is but they have potential.  Both SF and Taos promote uphill skiing.  The highlight was including Kachina Peak in this years race.  Too hard to describe with words, but hands down Taos has the best skimo race course of the COSMIC series in my opinion.  I have NM friends who make the 24HITOP or MTQuad their main winter athletic challenge, but all they need to do is buy some race skis and plan around this Santa Fe / Taos weekend.  Wow, I'll be back again in 2016!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015


That is a sigh of relief.  Hesperus was open on Tuesday which means it's closed for uphill access.  I came back on Wednesday and found it closed which is a good sign for me.  Weird to want to see a business closed. but for here that means my usual 6 runs on a 550 ft. climb.  My normal route is straight uphill but this climb is off piste to the east and this cool sign appeared showing uphill.  I assume it was for winding fence strand as it was rusted and appeared quite old.  Who knows though maybe Hesperus as one of CO's oldest ski areas, this was indeed an uphill sign when 13 ft. long boards had deer or elk fur underneath,