2014 Hardrock 100

Pacing/crew team at the finish of the Hardrock100

Pete, Dav, Christy, and Tim at the finish. Thanks guys!

The 2014 Hardrock 100 was last weekend.

When I kissed the rock the clock read 29:23, which was good for tenth place.  It was my fifth top-ten finish at this race in as many years, and this year had the most competitive mens field the race has likely ever seen. read more>>>

Hardrock 100 – One more time around

I like my number. "Dewalt Tough" is in regard to John Dewalt, a race veteran who recently passed away.

I like my number. “Dewalt Tough” is in regard to John Dewalt, a race veteran who recently passed away.

It’s Hardrock 100 time again.

It’s hard to believe, but this year will be my 7th go at this race. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I was here for the first time.

Back in 2007 I made my first trip around this incredible course. I returned in 2009 and have run and finished every year since. You might think that after so many years things would get routine, but I don’t think this race could ever be described that way. Sure, the experience gained through the years makes certain aspects easier. I have less anxiety beforehand, training seems more efficient and organizing crew and drop bags is no longer a major practice in logistics — but as familiar as I might be with the course and what is needed to put together a good day, every year is a little different. It’s always exciting. read more>>>

Lake of the Clouds

christy mahon descends spread eagle peak

On the descent from Spread Eagle Peak, looking south towards the heart of the Sangre de Cristos

We left town for the holiday weekend and made our way down to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for a little backpacking and peakbagging. The destination was a place known as Lake of the Clouds, and the goal was to climb two nearby 13ers, Cloud Peak and Spread Eagle Peak. read more>>>

San Juan Solstice

When you look at the chart it's probably not surprising that things started to change around Mile 23, near the top of the second big climb.

When you look at the chart it’s probably not surprising that things started to change around Mile 23, near the top of the second big climb.

You might think after a half a dozen times at the same race that things would get easier. Sure, it helps to have some familiarity with the course and to be clued in to what lies ahead, but even with that and years of experience, you can never be certain that things will go smoothly at these trail ultras. read more>>>

Dirty 30

Golden Gate Dirty 30 map

The course was 33 miles or so this year, starting and finishing to the right on the map and loosely following the course in a counter-clockwise direction. It climbed more than 7,000 vertical feet before it was done. Click to enlarge.

Another summer, another calendar full of running races. When we registered for the Golden Gate Dirty 30 back in February we knew it would be a long shot to get properly trained for a trail 50K by the end of May. Our main focus through the spring is always skiing, and there just isn’t enough time to get in the miles. But that’s how it always is. read more>>>

A 13er Roadtrip

crestones panorama

The view from the summit of Mount Adams. Click for enlarged view.

As far as Colorado ski mountaineering is concerned, I’ve always considered the 3rd week in May to be my favorite stretch of time. The random weather that tends to sweep through the state earlier in the season usually gives way to a dry and sunny summer pattern. That in turn allows for cold clear nights and a reliable corn cycle on nearly all aspects and elevations. Up high, the frozen snow can be easily climbed and the trails at lower elevations are melted out which can allow for fast, early morning approaches. And when the temperatures are warm and the snow is in this spring cycle, you don’t need to carry as much gear and clothing. read more>>>