Christy’s loop started from near the Ranger Station and went clockwise. Click to enlarge.
We decided to check out Capitol Reef National Park last weekend. Like many people, we had long known of this National Park in south central Utah but had never spent any actual time there. One of it’s major attractions is the Waterpocket Fold, a 100 mile long exposed monocline— a geologic uplift that has since partially eroded revealing the horizontal strata turned on its side— the longest in the U.S. But it’s also home to some really cool canyons, backpacking, and general fall desert fun. read more>>>
Start with a 100 mile race in the mountains, strip out any crew support or pacers and add a bunch of winter weather– snow up high, mud down low, and temps in the low 20s all through the night– and you have last weekend’s Bear 100. Lucky for us, Christy and I were both able to say we had a great time.
I improved on last year’s finish by 45 minutes, finishing in 5th place in 21:38. If you take out some 30+ minutes spent at the 13 aid stations, that averages to around 12:30s for 100 miles on a course with over 22,000 feet of vertical gain. Yes, I’m pretty happy with that.
But since I’ve been here a few times now and have already done it unsupported, I knew what to expect. I think it was actually Christy’s race that was the most impressive. read more>>>
The first day in yellow, the next day in red. Click to enlarge.
I’ve never considered my own ultra training to be a model for others to follow. I excel at avoiding anything that I find unpleasant– intervals, track laps, gym workouts, etc.– and I just go out for trail runs as often as I can, hoping that it will count for something on race day. I should probably get a coach. read more>>>
Descending from Capitol Pass towards Capitol Lake and Mount Daly. We went up around the backside of Mount Daly as it’s seen in this photo.
We pulled off a fairly large adventure run around Snowmass, Capitol, and Daly last weekend, a linkup of trails we refer to as the Superloop. We frequent a good number of local trailrunning loops in the range of 18-26 miles, and we thought this longer loop fell into its own category, hence the nickname. read more>>>
Descending Mount Bross.
Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross– a.k.a. Decalibron, at least to those who obsess over 14ers here in Colorado. Peakbaggers love the easy Decalibron loop, allowing for four 14,000 foot summits to be tagged from the trailhead at Kite Lake, outside of Alma. read more>>>
Some of the group make their way down the broad East Ridge.
The text from my younger sister wished me a happy birthday and went on to say, “Hope you are doing something fun-and I don’t mean running 100 miles or climbing a mt…hope u have a great day…”
I guess we just disagree on what constitutes birthday fun. I was really excited for our plans later that afternoon– to join a group of friends on a run up and down Quandary Peak, 14,265 ft. To me that sounded like the perfect birthday outing. read more>>>