7/1/2013Mon-AM: 3:15, 5300′ ~ Maroon Bells Traverse
From Maroon Lake, up South Maroon and down North Maroon, 3:15:37 car-to-car. Splits: Crater Lake, 17:10; S. Maroon turn-off, 36:10; ridge, 1:22:55; S. Maroon, 1:51; Saddle, 1:57:30; N. Maroon, 2:16:50; Crater Lake, 3:02. I did this once before last September, but Joel was filming on that run so there was a lot of stop-and-go and I wanted to get a true, no-stops time on the route. The descent off of North Maroon and back to the parking lot could go a lot quicker if your tolerance for kicking rocks down the mountain and elbowing past tourists after Crater Lake is a lot higher than mine. Wasn’t in the mood to be an asshole, so just took it pretty casual.
Tue-AM: 2:42, 4700′ ~ Pyramid
From Maroon Lake, up the West Face/NW ridge and down the NE ridge (standard route). 1:47 to the summit, :55 descent. Wanted to scout this ascent for a link-up of the Bells with Pyramid, and it was classic Elk choss. After crossing West Maroon Creek the talus field and grassy rib ascent went well but then I erroneously chose a 5th Class chute instead of staying further left on the bits of grass. After emerging from that it was lots of route-finding and choss-management to finally make the summit.
Wed-AM: 6:58, 8500 ~ Capitol-Snowmass Link-up
From the Snowmass Ranch TH, ran up West Snowmass Creek, bushwhacked up to Moon Lake, summited Capitol, traversed back over the Knife Edge to drop into Pierre Lakes Basin, cross the Snowmass-Capitol connecting ridge and finally ascend Snowmass’ west ridge before dropping down to Snowmass Lake and running the trail back to the trailhead. Really fun day with hours of talus hopping and some good bits of scrambling.
Thu-AM: 2:44, 4800′ ~ Castle & Conundrum
Up Castle’s NE ridge from the Ashcroft road, over to Conundrum, and back down. Tired legs from yesterday, but the mellow 4WD road was a nice change after all of yesterday’s scrambling. This finished off the Elk 14ers then.
Fri-AM: 2:23, 4400′ ~ Oscars Pass
Up and down Bear Creek/Wasatch Saddle from the Telluride Town Park, with Joe. Since the Hardrock course is going back to its original routing this year, Joe wanted to check out the trail. It’s awesome. This is the best course in the world.
Sat-AM: 7:16, 10,800′ ~ Grenadier Traverse (well, Arrow, Wham, & Three Trinities)
From the Molas Lake TH I enchained Arrow Peak, Vestal Peak, and the three Trinities before running back. Splits:
Animas River, :27
Elk Creek Trail beaver pond, 1:05
Vestal Creek crossing, 1:46
base of Arrow, 2:03
summit Arrow, 2:33/34
base of Wham Ridge, 3:04
summit Vestal, 3:39/40
Vestal/W. Trinity Saddle, 4:00
summit W. Trinity, 4:17/18
summit Middle Trinity, 4:44
Middle/E. Trinity Saddle, 4:49
summit E. Trinity, 4:58
Elk Creek crossing, 6:00
Elk Creek Trail (beaver pond), 6:03
Animas River, 6:34:30
The run in on the Colorado Trail/Elk Creek Trail was on very good tread and the climbers/use trail heading up Vestal Creek was easy to find. It was a bit choppy at first negotiating a fair bit of deadfall but not too bad. The ramp up the northeast face of Arrow is super obvious and most of the way is just marching up a giant slab, turning into some minor 4th-ish class stuff at the top. About half-way up I ran into Timmy Parr, who was climbing with a partner, but I didn’t chat long knowing I had a lot of vert/scrambling ahead of me. My only major mistake of the day came in my descent off Arrow. For some reason I thought the gully down its south face would be quicker than retracing my route down the ascent ramp. Oy, bad choice. The top was full of loose debris and then about 2/3rds of the way down, the gully narrowed and cliffed out. I’d already dropped about 6-700′, so I was reluctant to head back up over the summit and instead decided to try out the steep, definitely 5th Class downclimb. It’s hard to grade something you’re on-sight downclimbing, but with the water-slick rock and in running shoes it felt like 5.5-6 for me. Definitely stressful and cruxy. With that behind me, I was good and warmed up for Wham. I suppose if I had only been interested in traversing the peaks I could’ve just gone up Vestal’s SW ridge/face, but Wham Ridge is one of the most classic alpine routes in the state so I was psyched to drop all the way to 12,200′ or so to climb its full extent. The bottom half is super mellow, fairly low-angle slab marching, but eventually the grade kicks up a bit and the terrain becomes 4th Class on solid rock. The crux was a maybe 30′ crack unavoidably out on the face and massively exposed, but 5.4 sounds about right—holds were there whenever you needed them. Above that was more 4th Class with the odd easy-5th move and soon enough I was on the summit. West Trinity was the least interesting/engaging peak of the day being mostly 3rd Class but then Middle Trinity probably served up the most complexity of the day for me. I stayed right on the ridge crest for too long and eventually dropped to the south and negotiated a Broadway-like ledge that required one spicy bit of downclimbing before lots of 4th Class led to the summit. Fairly certain I did not find the easiest way up this peak. Mercifully, East Trinity was the most straightforward route-finding of the day–straight up a 3rd Class gully with a little 4th Class at the top–and only required an extra 500′ or so of vert. The run back out to the car went well enough, but the nearly 2000′ climb back up to the car from the Animas River was a kick to the nuts in the hot mid-day sun as I stubbornly refused to pop one final gel. Good practice to run up a climb like that late in an outing, though. Overall, one of the more satisfying runs I’ve had in the mountains. I suppose some day it would be worthwhile to come back and tack on Silex, Storm King, and The Guardian, but I really enjoyed the aesthetic of this outing.
Sun-AM: 2:03, 4500′ ~ Handies
Up and down from Grouse Gulch. Nice mellow outing on tired legs. The 500′ drop into American Basin is always a little less fun (as a climb) on the way back down.
A fun week exploring the Elk Range that was punctuated with the particularly satisfying traverse of the Grenadiers, something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. This week I’ll be pacing Joe at the Hardrock 100 on Friday, with hopefully a couple other San Juan adventures thrown in.
|Looking at the traverse over to North Maroon Peak, Monday morning.
|Goat on the summit of Pyramid Tue morning with the next day’s objectives on the horizon–Snowmass & Capitol.
|Vestal and Arrow Peaks as seen from the approach up the Elk Creek drainage Saturday morning.
|Arrow Peak’s NE face, the morning’s first objective.
|Vestal Peak’s famed Wham Ridge (north face). Can’t believe this one came out blurry. Dammit.
|Starting up the iconic face.
|Approaching the crux on the ridge.
|Summit of Vestal, with Arrow behind.
|Next up, West Trinity.
|Looking back west along the line-up of five peaks, after having summited and mostly descended East Trinity.
|Vestal and Arrow Peaks, from the northeast.
I love looking at all your photos. You run in the most awesome places!
Beautiful look as always at some new scenery. God speed to Joe and yourself at Hardrock. He is primed for another go at the podium. Cannot explain how stoked I am to see your name on the list for UTMB! These next few months could stack up well when you look back upon them in 20 years.
Great pics. Have a great time at Hardrock. One equipment question..do you use a MAC to download your XT7 watch or a windows based PC? I can’t find any software for a MAC.
Unbelievable! So, so sick.
I did the NW route on Pyramid this time last year (post-WS) and was in full pucker zone most of the way. You’re an absolute freak.
Good luck to you and Joe this weekend. Wish I could be there.
What a fantastic (!) week, I am so envious — although I had fun in the Sangres.
The Bells always look heinous, and I’m not really looking forward to that when the time comes in my 14er rotation.
The Grenadiers, on the other hand, look fantastic. Still above my pay grade.
Steve. I know the question was for Anton, but from what I’ve read, the XT7 does not have Mac compatible software. That’s the primary reason I haven’t bought it myself.
Hi Anton, are you actually running in the 110’s? or are you using new stuff? Thanks & keep it up!!!! you’re the man!
Did you get to attempt Nolan’s?
Steve – Hmmm…I don’t think I own an XT7 watch. I use the (discontinued) Highgear Axio Max. SImple altimeter and stopwatch, don’t download anything.
Jesus – Most of my running is in the 110s, but lately has been in a customized pair with a beefy toe rand on it. I also have been running in protos of the update to the 110 (110v2).
Hi Anton! I was the lady who somewhat awkwardly asked for a picture with you and Joe in Cafe Mobius…. (I tried to figure out the least awkward way to approach y’all, but these things never play out as eloquently in reality as they do in your head….) My husband and I are escaping the Texas misery in this magical place and were excited to be able to be in town for the start of Hardrock this year as it is our dream run someday.
I wanted to take an opportunity to say what I wasn’t able to get out in person. I wanted to say thank you. First of all, thank you for letting me steal a little of your time for a picture. I’m sure it’s a little awkward being approached by total strangers like that. Most of all, thank you for being such an inspiration in the trail running community. Brandon and I both really respect and admire the way you approach running and living life. It is motivating to see someone who always strives for the best and yet takes such joy in what he does (of course, how can you not take joy in being in the mountains?). Again, thank you for the indulgence; it was an honor to have met you.
For the Maroon bells traverse did you stay on the ridge proper? Did the run yesterday, ended up on the left side of the ridge after the 1st sprier, only regaining the ridge proper after the third. Followed what I am assuming to be poorly placed cairns
Mountain Mart Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd., a well-known government licensed Trekking and Travel Company in Nepal, The Company organizes- adventure tour packages for individuals and groups traveling to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan & India. The company consists of highly professional team.
who has 15 years experience in organizing outdoor activities such as heritage/ culture and pilgrimage tours, trekking, peak climbing, mountain expedition, whitewater rafting, jungle safari, and many other adventure activities in the Himalayan destinations. Each trip is beautifully crafted, meticulously organized and delivered with professionalism and enthusiasm. The young and energetic team of Mountain Mart Treks & Expedition (P)Ltd.is well trained, licensed, locally handpicked and educated. The company has its own reputation in the local as well as international travel market for its ground-breaking itineraries, reasonable prices, knowledgeable and caring guides, excellent equipment and more than fifteen years experience in travel tourism industries.
Jiri to Everest Base camp trek
everest three pass trek
Annapurna base camp trek
Evererest base camp Trek
peak climbing in Nepal
Annapurna circuit trek
Everest Gokyo lake Trek
Mountain Mart Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
Cell No.: 00977 98510 82484 (Dolakh)
Phone No.:00 977 1 4700971 Fax: 00977-1-4701278
Email : email@example.com
My personal baby purposes these products pertaining to hanging out, close to your house, a good comfortale wow gold….
The objective of this research was to describe the cognitive strategies used by teachers to promote meaningful learning in biology at the School of Education. The theories used were those of Diaz and Hernandez (2007) and Ausubel et al (1991). Research was conducted at the University of Zulia, School of Education, Biology Major and had a descriptive, field, non experimental and non transsectional design. The population consisted of two layers: “A”, 6 teachers and “B” 357 students. Information was collected using a survey, and the instrument was a questionnaire, previously validated by experts. Reliability was calculated using Cronbach’s Alpha coefficient as a pilot test. Descriptive frequency statistics were applied for the analysis. In addition, a contrasting scale was constructed for interpreting the average. Results show that biology teachers almost always use cognitive strategies that promote, at certain times, student learning that is durable and applicable in any context or situation. Conclusions are that cognitive strategies are present in the development of biology classes and contribute to the construction of meaningful learning by studentsEn la actualidad las empresas han tomado conciencia de que la exigencia del entorno competitivo en el que desarrollan su actividad les exige trascender de los l de la propia organizaci Para lograrlo deben establecer unos principios de apertura tanto del sistema de la organizaci como del propio sistema de innovaci De los entornos de innovaci abierta posibles, el an propuesto se centra en el estudio del modelo “user innovation”. En la actualidad, el usuario ha perdido su rol pasivo para exigir cada vez m un papel m preponderante en la definici del producto o servicio que adquiere o consume. Por lo que las organizaciones no pueden ser indiferentes a este cambio de actitud y han de establecer las condiciones que permita al usuario involucrarse para as poder utilizar de la manera m conveniente todo el beneficio potencial que le puede proporcionar a la organizaci aprovechar esta situaci Las organizaciones deben, por tanto, establecer un ecosistema que promueva la colaboraci externa de aquellos usuarios que quieran tomar parte en el proceso innovador, puedan hacerlo. Para llevarlo a cabo, debe determinarse si se opta por establecer comunidades colaborativas, o bien, por otro lado, mercados competitivos. La elecci de una u otra opci tiene consecuencias que puede condicionar el proceso innovador, e incluso la manera de explotar comercialmente los resultados del mismo. Este trabajo se ha realizado aplicando la metodolog de la Teor Fundamentada (Grounded Theory) revisando la literatura existente y analiza distintos casos de estudio de compa tanto internacionales como espa que est aplicando la innovaci de usuario en sus procesos de innovaci como estrategia de mejora de su competitividad
Ohm you article too long please post again.thanks
I am pig http://hermesoutlet.rxusainternational.net/
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:29 PM on May 24, 2008
posted by 0bvious at 6:43 AM on November 13, 2012
great post i really loved the way you write your post an keep up the hard work i really enjoyed reading it and i appreciate your work. learn social media marketing now and start your career more efficiently and more professionally now by clicking on the given link.
Firstly, I’d like to say I’m motivated by your movement in the mountains back in the early 2010s! Mad respect coming from a young mountain runner born and bred in the elks.
I am curious about your Maroon Bells Traverse time from 7/1/2013: did you track this time with a watch and was this a no-stop effort as in 3:15 TH-TH elapsed time!
Thanks for putting up such great times in my home range that I get to chase! ha.
All the best,
Very impressive and nice information. I really enjoyed your blog. Good work. Affordable 360 digital marketing courses
Wow ! What a post excellent effort much needed information and very well describe topic great job.
best waterproof suit
A very unique and informative post.I realy appreciate your effort you put in this vlog. keep sharing excellent job.
Chemical Resistant Gloves Ansell Barrier
A very unique and informative post.I realy appreciate your effort you put in this vlog. keep sharing excellent job.
Your blog is very informative for a lot of people. I really like it very much. I hope you will soon share your next post about this discussion. Thanks for sharing and keep sharing.