Category Archives: peak

Buffalo Soldiers

Anyone who has driven I70 through Colorado has seen the mighty Buffalo Mountain. It’s that hulking, skull-shaped mountain you first see when you emerge from the west-bound side of the Eisenhower Tunnel and start the long descent into Summit County. … Continue reading

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Search for El Dorado

I’ve lived in Boulder County for 17 years now and have somehow never climbed Eldorado Mountain.  So, naturally, we decided to run up it at night. Eldorado is an 8300′ peak adjacent to the much more traveled but similar in … Continue reading

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Mixed Signals

Sometimes, the best mountain trips are the ones where you just say “F-it, I need to go to the mountains! I don’t care if it’s a Thursday!” and you just go to the mountains on a Thursday (or Tuesday, or … Continue reading

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Scouting Quandary

Early one September morning, eight scouts from Troop 78 set out to climb Quandary Peak (14,265′).  In Colorado, 14ers are a Big Deal and all Coloradans remember their first climb of one of these lofty summits the way other folks … Continue reading

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2018 Family Camping

Another year gone and the kids another year older, tougher, and more capable.  Also, more independent and less interested always in coming out with us to the mountains.  Nevertheless, we had a few good family trips this year.  Of course, … Continue reading

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Broken Halo

It goes without saying in Colorado that mountains are only interesting once they reach 14,000′ in elevation. If you take a boring old 13,999-foot-tall pile of rocks and stack on a few more, well, just watch what happens! Boom! The … Continue reading

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2017 B-sides and Rarities

2017 featured some great adventures written up here previously.  Most significant (to me) were probably my spontaneous trip to South Africa, a big family trip to Yellowstone, and a series of adventures associated with my home-grown ultralight backpacking gear.  But … Continue reading

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145 rocks: 2017 Running Retrospective

Once again, another year has come and gone (and faster than ever!) and it’s time to get retrospective in every way.  2017 was a strange year, but there was some wonderfullness amidst the strange. It was a year of niggling injuries … Continue reading

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Season Finale

My Night Run friends were headed out to do a big run in the mountains and I couldn’t go. Sadness!  The weekly Boulder Trail Runners Night Run (Wednesdays at 8:30, check your local Yahoo Group emailing) is my main social … Continue reading

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Divided We Stand (Ooh La La Land)

The summer of 2017 has been a memorable one, but not because of the epic mountain running trips I’ve managed. Between spur-of-the-moment multi-continental travel, increasingly-ambitious family outings, and some nagging maybe-injuries, I’ve only managed a couple proper runs in the … Continue reading

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