Flatiron Season in Full Swing09/01/2015

I have a couple of Flatiron objectives this fall—the Tour de Flatirons where friends gather five weeks in a row to time trial a classic Flatiron formation in car-to-car fashion, and a (hopefully, optimistically) single-push link-up of Gerry Roach’s 53 designated “classic” Flatiron routes. Yesterday morning I biked up to Chautauqua to work on progressing towards both of these goals…

Longs Peak Triathlon aka Kieners Self-Powered08/27/2015

There is a long tradition in Boulder of ascending Longs Peak from town using only human power. Specifically, biking the ~40mi to the trailhead instead of driving; running and climbing the mountain; and then reversing it all back to town. I’m sure it probably happened sooner, but the earliest such activity that I have found documented is Bill Briggs’ 1974 15hr roundtrip of the Kieners Route…

Birthday Biking Link-Up08/09/2015

Last Sunday was my 32nd birthday; I marked it with a combination of the two activities I’ve been practicing most consistently this summer—biking and climbing…

Grand Giraffe07/23/2015

Climbing in Eldorado Canyon offers one the unique opportunity to retread the same hallowed cracks and fissures in the cliffs that pioneering giants of the activity did over 50 years ago. Eldo is one of a handful of places where the cutting edge of the sport was inexorably advanced during its infancy in North America; if you educate yourself and you pay attention, scaling these same routes affords a sense of connection to a larger tradition and community that I think is a bit less tangible in many other arenas. I feel fortunate for those opportunities; Grand Giraffe is definitely one of those routes…

Some Recent Thoughts Only Ever-So-Tangentially Related to the Hardrock 10007/16/2015

Last weekend I drove down to Silverton to spectate at the Hardrock 100. This was my sixth year at the event, but the first time that I wasn’t on some kind of crewing or pacing duty…