Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #7 Notes

Hagerman Pass

Centennials Summited (11):

  • Mount of the Holy Cross
  • Holy Cross Ridge
  • Mt. Oklahoma
  • Mt. Massive
  • Mt. Elbert
  • French Mountain
  • Casco Peak
  • Lackawanna Peak
  • Capitol Peak
  • Snowmass Peak
  • Hagerman Peak

Total Mileage:

  • By foot: 76.9 miles, 31,821′ elevation gained
  • By bike: 200.1 miles, 15,165′ elevation gained
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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #6 Notes

Summit of Mt. Yale

This was most likely the largest week in the entire tour, in terms of number of peaks summited. Access in the Sawatch is generally easy, resupply is plenty, and most of the peaks don’t pose too much technical problems.

Centennials Summited (19):

  • Cronin Peak
  • Mt. Antero
  • Mt. Shavano
  • Tabeguache Peak
  • Mt. Princeton
  • Mt. Harvard
  • Mt. Columbia
  • Mt. Yale
  • Mt. Hope
  • Missouri Mountain
  • Mt. Oxford
  • Mt. Belford
  • La Plata Peak
  • Ice Mountain
  • North Apostle
  • Mt. Huron
  • Horseshoe Mountain
  • Mt. Sherman
  • Dyer Mountain

Plus bonus peaks: Iowa, Gemini, Peerless, etc

Total Mileage:

  • On foot: 103.8 miles, 48,889′ elevation gain
  • On bike: 136.5 miles, 10,029′  elevation gain
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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #5 Notes

The famous peanut butter, cake frosting, coconut oil and jelly burrito

Centennials Summited (6):

  • Dallas Peak
  • Teakettle Peak
  • Mt. Sneffels
  • Wetterhorn Peak
  • Uncompahgre Peak
  • Mt. Ouray

Total Mileage:

  • By foot: 41.1 miles, 17,815′ elevation gain
  • By bike: 249.1 miles, 27,561′ elevation gain
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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #4 Notes

A Firey Jagged Mountain

Centennials Summited (13):

  • Pigeon Peak
  • Turret Peak
  • Jupiter Mountain
  • Windom Peak
  • Sunlight Peak
  • North Eolus
  • Eolus Peak
  • Jagged Mountain
  • Vestal Peak
  • Wilson Peak
  • Gladstone Peak
  • Mt. Wilson
  • El Diente

Total Mileage:

  • On foot: 98.1 miles, 42,073′ elevation gain
  • On bike: 42.7 miles, 5,342′ elevation gain
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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #3 Notes

Sunset of Jones Peak

Centennials Summited (8):

  • Jones Peak
  • Half Peak
  • Handies Peak
  • Redcloud Peak
  • Sunshine Peak
  • UN 13832
  • UN 13811
  • Vermilion Peak

Total Mileage:

  • By foot: 63.2 miles, 21,631′ elevation gained
  • By bike: 72.2 miles, 7,636′ elevation gain
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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #2 Notes

Crestones

Centennials Summited (11):

  • Mt. Adams
  • Kit Carson Peak
  • Challenger Peak
  • Columbia Point
  • Humboldt Peak
  • Crestone Needle
  • Crestone Peak
  • Phoenix Peak
  • San Luis Peak
  • Stewart Peak
  • Rio Grande Pyramid

Total Mileage:

  • By foot: 85.4 miles, 29,916′ elevation gained
  • By bike: 276.3 miles, 12,298′ elevation gained
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Tour of the Highest Hundred Week #1 Notes

Centennials Summited (9):

  • Pikes Peak
  • Culebra Peak
  • Red Mountain
  • Ellingwood Point
  • Little Bear
  • Blanca Peak
  • “Huefrano Peak”
  • Mt. Lindsey
  • California Peak

Total Mileage:

  • By foot: 62.4 miles, 23,625′ elevation gained
  • By bike: 362 miles, 21,242′ elevation gained
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My Sleep System for the Tour of the Highest Hundred


To my surprise, people seem curious in the gear I use that comprises my sleep system. I’ll be describing my current setup that I’ll be using for the Tour of the Highest Hundred, a two-month bikepacking and peak bagging adventure. Like everything, it’s a constantly evolving kit, that changes depending on weather, seasons, geographic location/environment, and conditions. There’s no One True Sleep System. My own sleep system is constrained by some pretty crazy requirements:

Season

I’ll be out from ~July 15th to ~September 15th, mostly in the Colorado high country and sleeping at an elevation from around 6,000′ above sea level to well, let’s say 12,000′ if I’m feeling frisky. I’m expecting temperatures at night from around 50 degrees F to well below freezing and foul weather including wind, rain, sleet, snow, grauple, and everything in between. Mostly though, I’ll be hoping for clear, calm nights, and the occasional monster thunderstorm. My sleep system has to protect me 100% from precipitation of all the forms listed. Even one night exposed to a freezing rain could be dangerous.

Environment

For the most part, I’ll be sleeping at trailheads of the Centennials, around 6,000′ – 10,000′, well below treeline in the subalpine forest. I’ll have ample opportunity to find enough flat ground to at least put my sleeping bag down. In rarer circumstances, I’ll be camping above treeline, around 12,000′, so I’ll need a system that doesn’t rely on using something like a tree to set up my shelter.

Vibe

For lack of a better term, my sleep system really just needs to keep me sheltered from any weather and to be warm enough – it’s not going to be a basecamp for weeks on end as I lay siege on a mountain, or a place to whoo a ladyfriend – or even to play an extended game of cards well into the night. I need it to be easy to set up and take down without a lot of fuss, and flexible enough to work in different environments. I don’t want to take a lot of time to find the perfect spot – I want to get there, set things up within minutes, throw some food in my mouth, and pass out underneath it.

The Fundamental Parts: Tarp/Bivy/Bag/Pad

My sleep system is comprised of these four parts that, when put together, can keep me relatively comfortable in all the extreme cases I can think of. What’s even better, is that each one is really optional, so I can make decisions on just what I want to set up, given my current circumstances.

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Chaffee County 390 Ramble: The Three Apostles, Huron, Missouri, Iowa, Emerald,

My time in Salida on tour soon came to an end, after a little time at the hostel with an honest to goodness shower. Time for me to travel north! Out of Salida, there’s some pretty awful highway riding to get directly to the next town, Buena Vista, and the day I set off saw me face a stiff headwind, that only got worse as I got closer and as a storm cell was moving from west to east. Frustrating!

I made it to Buena Vista, which I was going to only use as a top-off spot for food, etc – but my Brother was in town for Paddlefest, so I decided to linger a bit. After another partial day of rest, the weather turned much nicer, and I continued my ride to Chaffee County 390. The road out of BV North is dirt, and  follows an old railroad line complete with tunneled out sections of the hillside, making things quite fun. TONS of people were out for Paddlefest – or just the good weather – I’ve honestly never seen it so packed.

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2014 Bikepacking Year in Review @ Bikepackers Magazine


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Thanks to Bikepackers Magazine for mentioning my Tour 14er super ride in their 2014 Year in Review! My thoughts usually span quite the spectrum. I remembering it wasn’t really all that long ago that I bought my first thrift store beater bike for < $15, and it didn’t take too long after that for me to wonder if I could ride it from Denver, to Boulder (A whole 30 miles).

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