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Dry Lakes and Horn Peak

Ted and christy Mahon at Dry Lakes

Camp at the first Dry Lake.

Continuing with our exploration of the peaks and valleys of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, we headed up to another new area, Dry Lakes and Horn Peak, 13,450 ft. read more>>>

Frenchman Creek to Harvard loop

ted mahon on mount harvard

Fall is in the air. Ted, on the route down the north side of Harvard.

[Christy here again] After spending the last three weekends running through the incredible Maroon – Snowmass Wilderness, we thought we’d switch it up and explore a new area. Earlier this summer, we had done a fun loop run over Missouri and Belford Mountains. From the summit of Missouri, we had an amazing view of the Pine Creek Valley below us to the southeast and quickly added this to our summer ‘to-visit’ list. read more>>>

Sierre Zinal – Christy’s take

SierreZinal_logo2014When our friend Rickey Gates, a professional runner on the international circuit told us that Sierre-Zinal, a 31km trail running race in Switzerland, was among his most favorite and most beautiful races in the whole world – we listened.

When he said that they encourage Americans to come over and participate in this internationally recognized trail race that is part of the World Sky Running series, and that we should go run it- we decided to see what this race was all about.

And he was right. Sierre-Zinal, located in Switzerland’s Valais Alps, was one of the most incredible running experiences we have ever had in the mountains. It was such a special opportunity to run amongst the world’s elite running community on a spectacular course called the “La Course des Cinq 4000” – the “Race of the Five 4,000 meter peaks”.

But it was even more than that. It was the celebratory feel that encompassed our entire time there. It was the wood carved runners that stand up all year in town with the words Sierre-Zinal underneath them, it was the legendary tales told over meals, it was the past winner’s footsteps forever impressed into the sidewalks, it was a feeling of deep love and commitment to the mountains that this small Swiss town of Zinal is all about. In addition to being considered one of the most beautiful races, some say that Sierre-Zinal is one of the most competitive as well. It’s a real crossroads of runners from all different disciplines and backgrounds. This year the historic race celebrated 41 years and a record 4,500 participants. read more>>>

Castor

Ted and Christy mahon on Castor peak

Descending from Castor’s summit. The route started all the way out on the snowy plateau in the distance.

With the race behind us, we made our way from Zinal to Zermatt where we would finally be able to make use of the 40 lb. duffel of climbing gear we had been carting around with us. read more>>>

Sierre Zinal – the video


 
We recently ran Sierre Zinal, a historic and super-competitive 31 km (18 mile) town-to-town trail race in the Swiss Alps. The race was impressive– in its scale (4500 people), its pace, and the local enthusiasm before, during, and after. It was our first race overseas and an incredible introduction to the European scene. read more>>>

Four Pass Loop

Christy Mahon on Buckskin Pass

Buckskin Pass

The summer wouldn’t be complete without getting out on the Four Pass Loop. There was actually a good amount of snow on the peaks after a recent round of cold, bad weather– kind of unusual for this time of year. It sure made for a pretty day and a great run. read more>>>