12 Glory Laps in 12 Hours

12 Glory Laps in 12 Hours
Last February 20th, I hiked and skied 12 laps on Mt. Glory. 19,638 feet climbed with skis on my back and 19,638 feet skied to raise money for Camp To Belong. It's snowing again and I'm ready for the 2nd edition! Click the logo for more info and ways to support camp!

Camp To Belong - Elk Mountain Grand Traverse

Camp To Belong - Elk Mountain Grand Traverse
We're racing the Elk Mtn Grand Traverse this March, a 40 mile ski race across the roof of Colorado in the middle of the night! Click for updates on our training and fundraising progress!

Peaked Sports

Peaked Sports
Driggs, ID

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 Hardrock 100

Pre-Hardrock 100 - 2011

This is what our mountains looked like on July 2nd when Liz and I hiked up Taylor Mtn. This would be my last climb up to 10,000ft before leaving for Hardrock the following Wednesday.

And then... it was time...

The finishing chute where I hoped to be running through in less than 36 hours

The pre-race meeting

Pre-start @ 5:45am July 8th, 2011

Camp to Belong

After Adams, we drove to Portland and spent Friday hanging out in some of that elusive sunshine before making our way on Saturday to Silver Falls State Park which was to be our home for the next week. The weekend was spent getting to know the other camp counselors and preparing for Monday when the 150 kids would arrive on busses. From Monday afternoon to Saturday morning, it would be non-stop action as the entire camp became a huge, moving, boisterous party. Explaining the entire week would be a book by itself and in the sake of time, I'll have to pass on any more details. But what I will say is that it was an incredible experience, the kids were amazing, and this program (and specifically the program director) does an absolutely phenomenal job making sure these kids have an outrageous week reconnecting with their siblings, making new friends, and providing them with a fun weeklong camp experience that they otherwise may not have ever had.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mt. Adams

Skipping ahead a bit, we were soon on our way to spend a week in Oregon in mid-June. Prior to that, on Memorial Day weekend, we had run the Pocatello 50 mile, a beautiful race that once again was affected by weather. Race day conditions were much better than in 2010 when the race was cancelled due to heavy snow and 50mph+ winds on the peaks that produced blizzard-like conditions and forced many runners inadvertently and sometimes dangerously off course (One group of lost runners that chose to stay together found themselves running through a bull pasture. One of them was wearing a bright red jacket.) Although this year's race did contain alot of snow, it was in the form of a still-lingering, record-setting snowpack from the prior winter that prevented access to the last big loop up and over 8,500ft Scout Mountain. The course was altered and we even got in a few extra miles.

The beginning of June also marked my biggest push of ascents up Snow King, regularly logging 2 or 3 ascents/day and once even 4.

But then, finally, we were headed west to Oregon stopping to climb Mt. Adams before rolling into our home base in Portland.

This is as far as we could we drive on the road up the the standard TH at Cold Springs on the south side of the mountain. Again, lingering winter snow was the culprit, but we would have a nice 4-5 miles extra to get warmed up the next morning before getting onto the actual peak.

These were going to be great conditions for skinning. Even better conditions for a beer.

Just above the Cold Springs TH which was still buried under 6 feet of snow.

Looking south across the Columbia River at Mt. Hood in Oregon and the setting moon.

Our shadow to the west with Mt. St. Helens in the distance.

There had better be a good reason for there to be snowmobile tracks all the way to the summit. As this was a wilderness area, these machines are not allowed anywhere on the mountain.

Almost crampon worthy, but still just soft enough to allow for kicking steps.

Approaching the summit

Mt. Hood from the summit

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. Rainier

Liz and Trevor

The descent was frozen concrete for the first 1,000 ft...

...And then it transitioned into 2,500 ft of some of the best spring snow we'd even skiied. Wide open. Soft corn. Bliss.