Saturday, September 24, 2011

Making Time For Other Hobbies

In the month since Leadville I’ve been enjoying a much more laid back training routine. I’ve taken the opportunity to do some hiking, climbing and other things which get put on the back burner when training for a big race. I’ll keep this short, but will post some pics…

9/5/11 Mt. Evans, Sawtooth Ridge, Mt. Bierstadt
Evans and Bierstadt are both very popular hikes since they’re 14ers and close to Denver. Jess and I got away from the crowds a bit by taking the Sawtooth ridge, a 3rd class route with some fun scrambling.
ready to tackle the Sawtooth

Jess and me with Sawtooth and Mt. Bierstadt behind

down climbing after hiking to Mt. Bierstadt

looking back at the Sawtooth
9/19/11 Lone Eagle Peak
Matt and I have been eyeing this one up for a while. I had to take a day off of work but it was well worth it. We climbed Lone Eagle via Solo Flight, a 4th class route with some sketchy sections (one which we rappelled). The original plan was to climb the Mohling Traverse to Iroquois Peak, but recent snowfall made the traverse too difficult given the small amount of gear we had with us. We had to “settle” for just one summit. However, it is one of the most unbelievable peaks I’ve ever been on. I can’t wait to explore more of the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Cascade Creek trail

first glimpse of Lone Eagle Peak

hiking up the southeast shoulder of LEP

boulder hopping up LEP

looking back the Mohling Traverse towards Iroquois
looking down on the summit of LEP
taking in the views
Matt figuring out the best route to LEP's summit
rappelling one sketchy section
a bit of exposure on the 4th class ridge
Matt near the summit (we couldn't both fit)
too much snow on Mohling to give it a go
180 degrees of Indian Peaks Wilderness
looking back at our accomplishment
natural infinity pool

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