Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back from Colorado

I had a fantastic last six days. I got to see the grandparents on both sides on the way out and back. Then I spent fours days hammering my body in Rocky Mountain National park. I spent the first day on Longs retreating from 12,500 feet due to weather, the second day I ran Chaquita (13,070) and Yipsilon (13,500) seven miles round trip in 2:43 running the flats and downhills, the third day I ran Flattop Mountain (12,400?) 8.8 miles 2,500 feet of elevation round trip in 2:02 then I went down to the glacier gorge trailhead and went up and back to Mills Lake to scout out glacier gorge. It was round about 16 miles 3,500 feet of elevation in only 4:30. Then Sunday Josh and I met up and climbed Kiener's on Longs Peak (14,200) and despite taking the harder route on two pitches and wasting an extra hour each time we did it car to car in 14:50. Next time I do that route it will definitely be under 12 hours.

Great trip four days, four summits, 48 miles, 13,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, and I got to hang out with a bunch of my friends from Colorado.

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