Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Triple Traverse - Under a Blue Moon

Last month Chad called and wanted to go do Twins, Sunrise and Drom under the full moon (actually the day before the blue moon).  When Chad calls I try to say yes as his ideas and company are top notch.  Here are a few photos from the day/night.

West Twin from East Twin
Chad heading off SLC Twins
Moonshadow of Sunrise and Dromedary 
Chad's headlamp and blue visor on Drom

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kings Peak FKT

Kings summit 2012
Last Friday Lars and I decided to go see how fast we could run up Kings Peak. Lars had family in town so we decided to leave SLC at 6am in order to be back for the P-Day fireworks later that night. This was less than ideal since I was working until 2am. I should have said no but Lars is persistent. He drove and I slept until we hit the Henry's Fork TH around 8:30. Our plan was to go controlled hard the whole day in order to avoid cramping as this would be 10 miles longer than my longest run of the year. Starting and ending at the trailhead logbook, here are our splits:

Bridge - 45 minsGunsight Pass - 1:32Summit - 2:18:57 (turned around 30 secs later)Gunsight Pass - 2:57Bridge - 3:31TH - 4:13:29

The day went exactly as planned; never redlining it but steady/hard the entire time. As far as we can tell, that's a new FKT on Kings. The other two times we could find were 4:34 (8/14) by Dan Gardiner and 4:47 (7/14) by Anna Frost. It was a good effort for us but there's A LOT of room in that time.  Seems like sub 4 hours should happen sooner rather than later.

July Photos

Warren Davis on Lone Peak
Amanda hangin with Cricket
Cricket trying to keep up with Hannah

Noah sprinting towards the N Ridge of the Pfeiff
N Ridge Pfeifferhorn

Noah looking like the Koreans (wearing black) on El Cap
Towards the summit
Heading out
Photo by Noah

Photo by Noah
Red Pine Lake
Duck Fork Resevoir
Clouds over Duck Fork

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Sometimes you just need to ski.  Andy, Noah, and I felt that way this afternoon so we headed up to Superior with hopes of skiing Suicide and then running the S. Ridge.  We made it to the top when the rain and thunder caught us.  No S. Ridge but it was still a damn fine outing.    

Friday, June 5, 2015

Spring Scrambling - A few photos

I haven't done any sort of climbing/scrambling all year so earlier in the week when Chad suggested we head up to Superior and give the South Ridge a go I had to say yes.  I'm glad he dragged me up there.  Although this is "just" a scramble, I remembered why I loved climbing so much.  Maybe running will take a backseat this summer...
Chad low on the South Ridge of Superior
"The Goods" - Chris Cawley
Kind of psyched to keep moving on rock instead of running on dirt, I decided to revist the West Slabs.  Lars and Tom had Wednesday off and we ended up deciding in the Olympus loop.  Lars isn't supposed to be running due to some recurrent tendonitis in his ankle but we figured a scramble would be OK.  Right?
Lars "rehabing" his ankle
Tom and Lars posing for me
This little guy made Tom squeal
Top of the Slabs
After those couple outings I figured I'd keep the scrambling theme alive with another day on Olympus.  About a month ago Chad linked the West Slabs with Geurts.  Shortly after, Spencer Weiler added Kamp's to the linkup.  With this in mind we figured we'd head up the West Slabs and see where we ended up.
Chad was too fast up the Slabs so the only picture I could get is him showing me how to get to the base of Geurt's direct 
We traversed into Tolcat Canyon over and started below the arrow
Chad coming out of Tolcat

The Catwalk
Just after the 2nd rappel.  This ceratinly doesn't require a rappel and is easily avoided by following the obvious path to the south of the bolts.  The 1st rap is a little trickier.  Chad bypassed it to the north, I bypassed it to the south.  I'm pretty sure going south is easier. 
Cold rain and slick rock kept any other plans from materializing.  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Grandeur Wildflowers

I went up the West side of Grandeur with Noah a few days ago and saw more wildflowers then ever.  Yesterday I went back with a camera, the May rains have been good!  Here are far to many flower photos...