The Yellow Spur06/23/2015

The Yellow Spur in Eldorado Canyon is one of the most iconic climbs in the state. It’s a beautiful, logical line of seven pitches up the biggest wall in the canyon (Redgarden), and finishes on the undeniably aesthetic knife-blade summit of Tower One. Climbing in Eldo doesn’t get much better…

Dipping a Toe: Biking to COS and Back06/22/2015

The plan was to bike down on Friday (June 12th), visit with my family Saturday, and then bike back on Sunday. The massive convenience of having my sister’s home as a destination meant I could pack super-light, which also meant I could ride my speed machine, carbon, road rig, too—a huge bonus…

RTW Ruminations: June 1 – 706/10/2015

6/1/2015
Mon – Biking: Lefthand Cyn to Brainard to SSV to Lyons to NSV (5:54, 9200′, 101mi)
A couple of days ago I re-read Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I read it the first time over 15 years ago—I think I was in the 8th or 9th grade—and, predictably, didn’t appreciate it very much. When I was back home in Nebraska over Memorial Day Weekend, my dad referenced it, which prompted the totally worthwhile re-read. It’s a book that I’ve always viewed the reading of as almost painfully cliche, but I think now that that just denotes its truly classic status…

RTW Ruminations: April 20 – 2604/26/2015

Mon – It seemed like my morning was consumed with watching the livestream of the Boston Marathon, which was an extremely exciting race on both the men’s and women’s side. Pure racing like that will always make for better drama than time-trialing to a world record. I saw Jeremy Rodgers in the afternoon. Definitely some periostitus and a stress reaction, possible stress fracture. Can’t really know without an MRI, but, we both agreed, that wouldn’t really change treatment, so not worth the $1k+…

RTW Ruminations: April 13 – 1904/22/2015

4/13/2014
Mon – Longs Peak (3:48, 5000′)
The forecast today looked perfect up high, so Joe and I went for a long overdue ascent of my favorite mountain. Snow conditions are overall getting super stable right now, but we still avoided any major difficulties (i.e. Kieners) by kicking our way up Lambslide to the Loft and wrapping around to take Keplinger’s Couloir and the Homestretch to the summit…