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Race the Divide Results

February 22, 2010 Run, Ski No Comments

Pete Swenson and Monique Merrill were fastest up and down (and up and down, and up and down, and up and down) Monarch Mountain in Saturday’s Race the Divide, the third of six races in the 2010 Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup. The “race” course did four laps (red, orange, yellow, and then blue on the map), totaling about 3,500 vertical feet, and three racers finished this delightful tour in under an hour and a half.

Visit the website of Salida Mountain Sports, presenting sponsor of the race, to see the full results.

New Trail Race Near Buffalo Creek

February 8, 2010 Run No Comments

Trail through the Buffalo Creek burn area.

A brand-new trail ultra is planned for the Buffalo Creek area this summer. The North Fork 50 Mile/50K Trail Race will start at Jeffco’s Pine Valley Ranch Park, along the banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River, and climb into Pike National Forest along trails best known for their superb mountain biking. All of the run will be on single-track and double-track trails. Although some of the course passes through areas burned by the Buffalo Creek fire—and thus this could be a sunny, hot race—the area is still beautiful and the trails are smooth and excellent for running. A welcome addition to the midsummer schedule!

Winter Speed Record for Pikes Peak

January 18, 2010 Firsts, Run 2 Comments

Steve Bremner on a winter solstice run.

Steve Bremner from Manitou Springs likely set the speed record for the winter ascent of Pikes Peak on January 12, running up the 14,115-foot peak in 3:21:55, from the Barr Trailhead to the summit. Bremner ran down the cog railway to Mountain View, traversed to Barr Camp, and then continued down the Barr Trail, for a round-trip time of 5:35:25, also likely a winter record. … Continue Reading

Trail Race Deadlines

January 5, 2010 Run No Comments
Leadville, 3:50 a.m.

Leadville, 3:50 a.m.

Time to plan your 2010 race season—the deadlines for fast-filling trail races are fast approaching. Here’s a quick rundown of key race dates and deadlines to help your planning:

May 1: Greenland Trail 50K (also 25K and 8 mile). Registration is open (price goes up January 15). Race likely to fill.

May 1: Collegiate Peaks Trail Run (25 and 50 mile). Registration open (fees go up April 1). Unlikely to fill.

June 19: San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run. Registration opens January 15 at 7 a.m. Speedy registration essential. … Continue Reading

Runners of the Year

November 25, 2009 Run No Comments

Brandy Erholtz

Three Colorado women have been named mountain or ultra Runner of the Year by the Mountain/Ultra/Trail Running Council of USA Track & Field: Brandy Erholtz from Bailey (Mountain Women–Open); Laura Haefeli of Del Norte (Mountain Women–Master); and Anita Ortiz of Eagle (Ultra Women–Master). Read the full story…

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A Fine Line on Arrowhead

March 26, 2010

A Fine Line on Arrowhead

Climbers Scotty Nelson and Gil Weiss have discovered (or maybe rediscovered) a great-looking moderate mixed route in Rocky Mountain National Park that might take pressure off overcrowded climbs like Dream Weaver or Martha. The line, which they called Deborah, splits the south face of Arrowhead above the high bench to the west of Black Lake […]

Shelf Road’s Hardest Route Climbed

March 10, 2010

Shelf Road’s Hardest Route Climbed

Colorado’s Shelf Road , a network of vertical limestone cliffs near Cañon City best known for sunny moderates, has a new 5.13d pitch and may soon get its first 5.14. On Sunday, March 7, Mark Anderson redpointed a striking, super-technical arête at Cactus Cliff that was bolted in the early 1990s but apparently never free-climbed. […]

New Route Likely Platte’s Hardest

February 14, 2010

New Route Likely Platte’s Hardest

Jason Haas, who’s working on a new guidebook to South Platte rock climbs, has just redpointed what’s likely the Platte’s hardest pitch, a roof seam that’s protected with removable pro and might be 5.14a. The new route, Comprometido, took about a year and a half to complete. Here, Haas tells the story. While researching routes […]

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Brain Freeze on Mt. Otis

March 18, 2010

Brain Freeze on Mt. Otis

In the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, a granite spindle called Zowie protrudes from the convoluted south face of Mt. Otis. Just to Zowie’s left is a zigzagging chimney and gully system that holds an unlikely mixed-climbing gem. Brain Freeze was discovered very recently (early 2008) by Andy Grauch and Chris Sheridan. Several parties […]

Lake Agnes–Seven Utes Loop

February 19, 2010

Lake Agnes–Seven Utes Loop

Kevin Landolt is a skier/climber/student, based in Fort Collins, who writes the fun Alpine Ambition blog for the Mountain Shop. Here, Kevin describes a favorite midwinter ski tour near Cameron Pass offering a little of everything. Trailhead: Lake Agnes Road, 2.5 miles west of Cameron Pass Tour Distance: 7.3 miles Total Vert: ca. 2,900′ Season: […]

Mr. and Mrs. Mesa

January 28, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Mesa

Two of the wildest and most difficult water-ice pitches in the state are in plain view from Highway 50, en route to Ouray and Telluride from points north, plunging down the sheer face of Grand Mesa. Yet few people notice them, and far fewer have climbed them. The routes are tough, to be sure, but […]

East Ridge of Mt. Bancroft

December 28, 2009

East Ridge of Mt. Bancroft

Mt. Bancroft’s rocky east ridge is a terrific mountaineering adventure for Front Range climbers, beginning less than an hour from Denver. The 13,250-foot peak is relatively close to the road, and avalanche danger can be easily managed, making this perhaps the most accessible technical winter summit on the entire Front Range. The east ridge offers […]


Rarities: Wolf Moon, Arapaho Peaks

February 5, 2010

Rarities: Wolf Moon, Arapaho Peaks

Photographer James Beissel sent us this fantastic dawn-patrol shot of the full moon setting over South and North Arapaho in the Indian Peaks, shot from Flagstaff Mountain. Said Beissel: “The first full moon of the New Year is often called the Wolf Moon. The name comes from Native American culture, in which it was associated with […]

New Deal for Great Sand Dunes

January 20, 2010

New Deal for Great Sand Dunes

By Bob Berwyn Stakeholders in the San Luis Valley have taken a giant step toward protecting Great Sand Dunes National Park from mining, energy development, and water exports. Lexam Explorations has agreed to sell its mineral rights if a $9.7 million deal can be finalized by May. Great Sand Dunes National Park was created by […]

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