Monday, June 4, 2012

Week Summary: May 28 - June 3

Mon-AM: 2:39, 5000' ~ Mt. Massive (14,421')
From the Halfmoon Creek Trailhead with Joe.  Ran up the CT before ascending the east face of Massive in quite blustery, windy conditions.  A bit frigid on the summit.  Descended the SW slopes trail before completing the ~14mi loop with a section of FS road.

Tue-AM: 2:06, 4500' ~ La Plata Peak (14,336')
Up and down NW Ridge w/ Joe. Stubbornly stuck to a running cadence until hitting a small snowfield at 12,700' or so.  After some more jogging through the boulder field I was able to beeline it to the summit via some more frozen snow. Wanted to sneak under 1h20 for the climb, but missed it by 25 seconds. Perfect day on top with abundant sun and no wind.

Wed-AM: 2:33, 5500' ~ Torreys (14,267') & Grays (14,270') Peaks via Kelso Ridge
Ran from Bakerville, 33min to the TH, 1:31 Torreys summit, 1:45 Grays summit, 2:14 back at the TH.  I was expecting the Kelso Ridge to be much more technical than it was; it's rated Class 3 but it felt like there were maybe two or three Class 3 moves on the whole thing, otherwise it was just hiking. Extra 500' of vert with all the bumps on the ridge, though. Really windy on both summits (and the ridge), otherwise my plan had been to tag Mt. Edwards and the McClellan-Ganley ridge on the way back. Another day.

Thu-AM: 2:06, 4500' ~ Mt. Elbert (14,433')
Up and down NE ridge. Just eased into the hill, planning on taking it easy, so was really surprised when I had a 45sec PR at the summit, especially with no warm-up. 1:53 round-trip, but jogged a couple extra miles on Halfmoon Rd to round out the time.

Fri-AM: 6:15, 10500' ~ Missouri (14,067'), Belford (14,197'), Oxford (14,153'), Harvard (14,420') & Columbia (14,073')
Started from Rockdale with Homie, JV, and Joe for a little Nolan's scouting. Hit Clohesy Lake at :34, summit of Missouri at 1:29, Elkhead Pass in 1:53, Belford at 2:11, Oxford at 2:31, Pine Creek at 3:00, Harvard in 4:00, and Columbia at 4:56. The looong descent down Frenchman Creek was nice except for the 20+ minutes of bushwhacking through heinous windfall. I felt really strong all day, all of the uphill hiking and techy downhills left me way less beat up than a 6hr run usually would.

Sat-AM: 2:47, 5500' ~ Mt. Massive (14,421')
Did an out and back to the summit from the Fish Hatchery, running up the Nature Trail to Highline before bushwhacking up to the NE ridge, scouting the Nolan's line. Tired from yesterday, 1:46 to the summit. Some extra vert from all the bumps on the ridge. This climb is a rough way to start the entire Nolan's link-up. Or maybe I was just tired.

Sun-AM: 2:13, 4500' ~ Mt. Elbert (14,433')
Up and down the NE ridge, pretty tired. Forgot it was the weekend, but was reminded by the hordes of hikers on the trail, seeking Colorado's highest point.

Hours: 20h39min
Vert: 40,000'

Well, I guess I'm back. Wow. Nothing like some thin air, some patches of ceramic and some French voodoo to set things right.  I would rank this up there with one of my best weeks of training ever, definitely from a mountain standpoint.  Thursday's PR on Elbert forced me to accept the fact that all of my hiking over the past nine months actually did some good for keeping me relatively physically fit, not just mentally sane.  There's still plenty of time for things to go sideways--I've only had two weeks of pain-free running on the shin--but if I can string together five more weeks like this I'll feel good about my chances when I line up for Hardrock next month.

La Plata (14,336') on Tuesday.
Snowfield descent on La Plata's NW ridge.
Descending Mt. Elbert on Thursday.
Summit of Columbia, Harvard behind, on Friday.
La Plata's Ellingwood Ridge with Elbert behind. Excited to tackle this line soon.


Freebird said...

Awesome, man! Thrilled for you!

Jeffrey Perrella said...

glad to see you're healthy. keep on keepin on

Adam said...

[picks jaw off keyboard] Seriously? Dude that is just outstanding - downright impressive week.

Mike said...

Incredible week. Inspiring. Best wishes on the continued comeback.

Jerry said...
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Jerry said...

Very nice, but I find "hordes of hikers" disrespectful to an average Joe who usually has no time except weekends to explore mountains according to their ability level.

C.J. Hitz said...

Incredible week Tony! Just out of curiosity, what % of this week was hiking vs. running?

Sean O'Day said...

Tony, look me up this summer. I've been getting my share of peaks in.

coach dion said...

You make me want to get fit and run up mountains, but I have to work... I sit in my office and look at Table Mountain here in Cape Town and yes I do get to run up our little mountian a couple of times a month, it's never enough!!!

PEZ said...

Yujuuuuu (as we say in Spain),'re back!

Magnus said...

Great! By the way, I noticed the bandage/tape on your right shin: has it been conducive to setting things right, ie, besides the thin air, patches of ceramic and the French voodoo?

Barry Bliss said...

That's good news bro.

Rain said...

I am not sure about those glasses

Rain said...

Totally happy you had 2 pain free weeks...makes you thankful for sure!

M said...

Sick! :)

Joe Sammadi said...

There is something so sublime about even imagining a daily continuum of that kind of vertical. The breadth of your weekly itinerary has more expanse than some of our wildest dreams. You never cease to impress and inspire given your lofty aspirations (no pun).

I hope you'll move mountains at Hardrock —— beyond the shadow of a doubt your conditioning remains, hoping the shin perseveres. Keep soaring, Anton.

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wch said...

When I saw you did La Plata I was going to ask whether you had your eyes on the Ellingwood Ridge route... and your last picture confirmed that you do. I've been wanting to try it for a long time as it looks like a blast. Maybe next summer!

Unknown said...

Hey just a quick note , thanks for keeping it real :)

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