1/5/15 – 1/11/15

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Looking a little chilled during a whiteout on Peak One

Alright.Vacation’s over. 

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Morning: Urban Hike Through Boulder (Strava)

I spent the rest of our downtime with Chrissy, which posed a problem, since all my gear from our Mexico trip was still at her house, and my bike was not. So, I just decided to um, hike it all home. 

Evening: Climbing @Movement 

What’s funny is Chrissy lives, like a block from the climbing gym, so again I was back in the area.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 

Morning: Green Mountain (G#1) (Strava)

Certainly being inspired by both Jeff V. who just finished his 1,000th career summit of Green, and the impending 1,000th lifetime summit of Green for Tony, I’ve made it a goal to do 100 summits of Green this year. Like most goals, I don’t really care about the number, but it gives me something to focus on and target, and a reason to develop a discipline to get out there. The end result is hopefully good form for, um, running up mountains and stuff. 

Evening: Sanitas (Strava)

Sounded like a good idea, so, hey. 

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 – trainer. Trainer?

I have nothing recorded but, that doesn’t sound right. I was probably at the gym, spinning on the bike machine for an hour or so. 

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 – Bouldering @Movement

Snuck a small session of Bouldering in the a.m. before starting the day. Just took a survey of the entire area from L -> R, trying to do all the V1 – V3 problems in quick succession. Got shut out on a few ones – there’s a greasy sloper problem with bad feet I haven’t figured out, and a overhung V2 with a huge reach I chickened out on. Happy though, to have gotten two V3’s I hadn’t done in the past. Both were on small, crimpy holds, needing a lot of body tension and balance. 

Friday, January 9th, 2015 

Morning: Green Mountain 
(G#2) (Strava)

Ran into a tree branch, following tracks to the social trail going down. Damn, that hurt. The egg on my forehead was painful simply to look at. 

Evening: 1hr on trainer

Chrissy met me at the gym – I just rode the bike trainer thing for an hour, then belayed her. I know, easy on this whole rock and roll lifestyle you got going here.  10 years ago, I was probably pretty much toasted by 9pm, and by 2am, I had a $100 bar tab. 

Saturday, January 10th, 2015  – Climbing Gym

Chrissy and I were being slightly indecisive after getting up relatively early to beat the rush. We decided to flail a bit on the vastly overhung lead wall. We both failed to top a 5.11a at the same point – just really bad feet (as if that’s an excuse). We tried another 5.11a on the same wall, but I didn’t get too far. Fell before the first bolt, then fell again after the first bolt, which is pretty embarrassing. I swung right into Chrissy, who was pulled upwards from my fall, and I just remember seeing her face come at me with great speed. Something sorta didn’t seem right, as I didn’t here that empty “thud” of forehead hitting forehead – Chrissy had stuck out her hand to smack my face, rather than her head. Had a good laugh on that one. I tweaked my hand somehow on that fall, so we called it. 

Sunday, January 11th, 2015 – Peak One (Strava)

I rode up with Chrissy to Summit County yesterday. She met up with some friends to ride at Copper and since I don’t have such fancy toys, I took the amazon Summit Stage Bus back to Frisco and trudged up Peak One. 

I actually love this summit – it was one of the first summits I’ve ever… summited in Colorado – when back in 199mumble-something. My last attempt two years ago in May ended near Mt. Victoria, as the weather was moving in. I had gotten a late start because the motel I was staying in had a hot tub, and I was wrecked from the ride up. 

This outing, I was hoping to at least get to the next bump in the ridge (Tenmile Peak), but the visibility on Peak One was 0, so back down I went. My tracks were easy enough to find going down, but I just needed to investigate some alternative tracks, that looked pretty fresh, and before I knew it, I’d lost the trail in the trees. Lots of playing in powder stashes, and a little traverse over J Chute got me… basically to the right place to be. I did this exact same snafu the first time I climbed this thing in Winter. 

Felt pretty solid – tons of energy after the outing.  

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