A Red Sunrise {Redcloud + Sunshine}

Exactly one week ago today we joined the masses and headed into the mountains for the holiday weekend. In an effort to stay as far away from the crowds as possible we decided to explore a new, far-from-Denver range – the San Juans. We head into the mountains at least once a week but we haven’t ventured very far south. This seemed like a great excuse to take a drive, check out a new range and hike a few mountains. We had high hopes for three summits – Redcloud Peak + Sunshine Peak and Handies Peak. The plan was to drive up to the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch trailhead and backpack a short distance up the trail to Redcloud/Sunshine then start out for the summits before dawn. If all went well on these two summits we’d relocate our campsite and head … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Running Lately

There has been a fair amount of running in my life lately. The fun kind where you just go out and enjoy life in your running shoes. Without even trying too hard there has been a solid mix of trails, hills, speed work, distance and racing. Without going into too much boring detail here is a quick recap of the runs that have gone down in the past week or so… Boulder Running Company Speed Work Hill Repeats with Boulder Running Company’s Wednesday Night Group Run Almost every week I manage to show up at the Boulder Running Company for a special form of torture – group speed work. It’s a workout I love to hate. It usually hurts quite a bit while I’m fighting through the workouts but the results have been very obvious in my races this year … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Mt Shavano + Tabeguache Peak

On Friday afternoon Chris suggested hiking a fourteener on Sunday morning. I had the GTIS Half on Saturday morning but really wanted to see what my tired legs could do so I started researching. I couldn’t talk anyone else into a Sunday morning hike but that didn’t stop us. Somehow we decided on another two-fer hike – Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak. You feel incredibly accomplished when you get to check off two mountains in one hike but there is a certain level of stress that comes with the hike. If you start late, if weather moves in early or if anything else goes awry you may have to abandon the second summit. This usually means you will have to re-summit the first mountain just to get the second. While the hiking is fun we are both happy to get … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Exploring New Trails {Chapin TH in RMNP}

For the past few weeks Monday’s have become our day to head into the mountains to bike, hike, run and explore. Mountain Monday, if you will. This week was no different. We really wanted to revisit the trails of our first Rocky Mountain National Park hike as Colorado residents but tourist traffic + road construction in a national park = a complete cluster. Instead we drove up Old Fall River Road and did some hiking from the Chapin Trailhead. We are quickly learning that you don’t have to avoid big tourist destinations during the busy season – just get as far away from civilization as possible and you’ll forget the tourists are even there. Well, until you have to drive back to town following out-of-state drivers who ride their brakes all the way down the mountain. I get that you … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Mt Belford + Mt Oxford = 2 Mountains in 1 Day!

We got ambitious this past weekend and decided to push our limits a bit. Initially we were just going to hike two 14ers – Mt Belford and Mt Oxford – in the same day. That is a pretty big deal of us, giving us a total of 11 miles on the mountain. A little research made it pretty obvious that it would be a great idea to backpack a few miles up the trail, camp and start hiking early. While we have gone car camping in the middle of nowhere we have never actually packed our gear into the wilderness. The trailhead was only 1.5 miles from the tree line {the highest we could safely camp with the stormy forecast} so we could pull this off, right?! We had all the gear so we decided to go for it! We … [Click Here For the Full Story]