Monday, September 2, 2013

The Colorado Trail: Self- Supported Thru-Bike. 12 Days

Beginning of the CT in Waterton Canyon.  So much of our spirits are still in tact.  

Pedalling up the road to the actual trail.

So it begins...

'Murica

Pretty view of the S. Platte.

Bridge

Riding through the S. Platte burn area.

Made it to Bailey to eat the famous NACHO MOUNTAIN.  We each got one and it was not possible to finish.

Truly what we were-- "The Rolling Gong Show."  

Breakfast w/ extra carcinogens.

Top of a pass on the way from Kenosha to Breck.

Cool trail marker.  Crossing the divide the 1st time of many.

Wayne, Shredding.

Descending into Breckenridge.

We received some good advice to go around the "soul-crushing" segment from Goldhill TH to Copper.

It's raining.  We are wet.  And it's uncomfortable.

Rain-set

Off the make believe pass towards the fake descent where we would climb another whole pass before descending.

I hate this Pika.  Really thought he owned the place.

Kokomo Pass

The steep descent into Leadville. 
Birthday waterfall swim.  It rained almost immediately after.

WANG

riding.

Descending into BV.  Pretty area.

My very favorite stop for refueling.

Out of the tent in the morning.  We got to sleep on Jed's land.  Thanks Jed.

Group shot with our new friend, Todd.

Chamois cream application.  This one is for you, Ryan.

Cool area approaching the Marshall pass climb.

Cold and morning.

Colors changing!

Sargent's Mesa. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Soul crushing lake-break after soul-crushing Sargent's Mesa.

Sargent's Mesa sunset.

Spot this on the side of the trail, as we ride into the night. 

Thumbs down for road riding.

Awesome sunset on our way up towards Cinnamon pass.

The old Carson townsite.

Riding alpine singletrack off towards Silverton.

The tundra never ends.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Northwest!

The summit of the Liberty Bell in the North Cascades.  I guided some friends up the very moderate "Becky Route"

Harry following the 10c alternate start to St. Vetus' Dance 

Harry leading the superhero 5.9 pitch of #2,3,4 hand Jams!

The hilarious descent off the Apron.  

Party wall!  Macky leading a 10a pitch on Rock On to Squamish Buttress as we shoot the shit at the belay.

Pre-crux 

View from 2/3rds up the Chief

Some Japanese people on the 10c crux. At least there was a huge comfortable ledge for us to hang out on while we waited for the gong show to ensue.

Harry cruising the 10c Crux of Squamish Buttress

Summit of the Chief 

Far and away the most important part of the day:  Coffee