Another week in the books, I suppose. I did a pretty laughable amount of running for what I ought to be doing, taking a luxurious four days off this week. Fortunately, it doesn't phase me too much because my climax week, if you will, is already underway with a lot of great runs in store.
The week in review:
Anniversary fishing! I love my wife.
PM- 11 miles on Boulders trail, 1:42, 1,800 ft
AM- 3 miles on Mineral Belt, followed by 2 miles barefoot on field. :50, 200 ft
PM- 12 miles from Turquoise Lake dam to Mayqueen campground and back, 1:42, 400ft
AM- 6 miles out and back on the Missouri Lakes trail, 1:00, 1,000 ft.
I was pretty pumped about this run as it took me to one of the more beautiful places I've had the pleasure of seeing so far in Colorado. What a tease- sorry for the lack of pictures...
Got caught fishing, again!
I'd hoped to do a 20 miler on this day, but my stomach was amok after work and I found myself sleeping instead...
Totals: 32 miles, 5 hours 15 minutes, 3,400 ft
A couple of pictures from last week follow, then a briefing of my run up La Plata this morning with more pictures!
|Nice cascade on the Missouri Lakes trail.|
|Bridge running on M.L.T|
Enough about my fishin' blues... La Plata (14,336 ft) is the 5th highest peak in Colorado and yet another peak that I can see out the dining room window- so I figured it was about time I paid her a visit.
I dilly-dallied a bit this morning, finally leaving the trailhead a little before 8 o'clock. The trail was super runnable for the first 30 minutes or so before the switchbacks grew steeper and steeper. I passed three groups of hikers within the first forty minutes, all carrying far more than the measly 16 oz waterbottle I had in tow, which bore my camera and a gel.
Following the creek in the early going was a blast, it was perfect habitat to a number of wildflowers who were starting to show their colors.
|Some sort of primrose? Any guesses?|
As I broke treeline, the array of flowers began to shift.
|White Columbine was all over the place!|
I truly had perfect weather for the outing, with wind very tolerable even at the summit.
|Looking NW towards Independence Pass|
I gained the first ridge after an hour on my feet.
The trail mandated a lot of scrambling up loose talus and boulderfields, but very little snow to speak for.
|Looking up towards the mountain from the first ridgecrest.|
|Looking SE towards the mighty Collegiates.|
|Mystery Hill? Anyone..(?)|
Taking the standard route from the trailhead was a blast, no complaints at all. But looking over at the knife-like ridge of Ellingwood made it a no-contest decision for my next ascent of La Plata, the class-3 route and it's 6,000 ft of vertical gain look just spectacular.
|A glance to the north at Ellingwood Ridge.|
|A hyper-inflated Gu, at 14,336 ft.|
I took my time coming down, I guess, stopped to chat with the three aforementioned groups of hikers, and never found myself moving at a super-quick pace on the technical, switchback riddled descents.
I arrived back at the car after 2 hours and 47 minutes- I missed my expressed goal by 2 minutes, which was a bummer, but it was my choice to loligag.
I got to get in an extra mile, too, because in my pursuit of my timegoal I whizzed past where I had stashed my car key. Oops
Anyways, a great day on La Plata, about 9 miles roundtrip with 4,500 ft of gain. I am quite excited for the other great runs I have lined up this week!
Thanks for reading!