The day prior I had thrown myself onto Manitou Springs' fabled Incline, a 1 mile climb/staircase that gains about 2,000 vertical feet. I'd like to return to it again without the heat of the day to hinder me and see just how quickly (relative once again) I could knock it out.
Returning to Leadville for the weekend I had the pleasure of scooting up Mt Sherman (14,034 ft) in what proved to be one of the most fun outings in the mountains I've had in a while. Incredibly strong winds made the otherwise simple route an adventure in and of itself. Wrapping up the week with a morning outing up Missouri (14, 067) coupled with an adventuresome scree-scramble with Anna rounded the week out quite nicely.
I find myself wondering why exactly I am signed up for a race next month that requires a particular type of training when I find so much joy in pushing myself in the pursuit of routes and mountain peaks that beckon to me any given day. But, on the bright side, all I have to do is finish Run Rabbit Run and I can put my name into the lottery for Hardrock, which would certainly be a mountain excursion to be reckoned with...
So here it is, the week in review:
4 miles including The Incline (31:03 up), 1:00, 2,000 ft
25 miles up and down the Barr Trail to Pike's Peak (14,110), 3:10 ascent, 5:20 total, very comfortable and casual, enjoyed every second of it, 7,300 ft
7 miles up Mt Sherman with Luna, Matt, Anna, and Tomas- rode the ridge to Gemini Peak and descended the saddle of Dyer back to the carpark, 1 hour to Sherman's summit, 1:50 total, 3,300 ft
*Tomas put together a great video of this outing that I will post here as soon as its uploaded
10 miles with Anna up Missouri (14,067 ft), a scramble over to Elkhead Pass and back down, 1:50 on the ascent, 3:12 total, 4,500 ft
Totals: 46 miles, 11 hours 20 minutes, 17,100 ft
|Silliness ensued in Missouri Gulch|
|Ran through a beautiful basin|
|Me and Anna on Missouri's summit|
|Beautiful views north from the ridge|