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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Another big day!

Up the road from 550 through Brown Gulch meandering to Red Mountain Pass then through abandoned roads leading to straight uphill scree / rock field to the peak - Red Mountain No.3. Dropped off the backside to Prospect Gulch right to the base of Silverton Mountain ski area, then Silverton and paved road back to the start. Big Day! 





Sunday, July 26, 2015

Time for a Big Day

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

Blocked!

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

Osweiller Ridge


Steep run with 3500 ft of climbing in 4.5 miles. 


Got off the ridge before the skies opened up.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Water, Water Everywhere

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

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

Engineering

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

Bolam



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!