|Joe, heading into the clouds over the Continental Divide.|
(Over the phone, however, he had mistaken "Eldora" for "Eldorado" (as in, the fairly low-altitude canyon just south of town), but didn't realize this until we were half-way or so up Boulder Canyon on the way to Nederland. So, despite being fairly unprepared for above-treeline conditions (only Nike Streak XCs in the trunk, no longsleeve or gloves), he was, of course, still game.)
This trailhead ~30min from Boulder is notoriously crowded in the summertime, but on a grey, gloomy and damp weekday morning we had the trail more or less to ourselves. The run up towards Devil's Thumb and the Continental Divide was, in a word, idyllic. Neither Joe nor I had a lot of pep in our legs, so we just bopped along, chatting, jovially surveying the surrounding beauty and expressing delight at the snow and silence falling from the clouds.
|A sampling of the scenery as we headed up the basin.|
The last 10+ minutes or so of effort in the climb comes in the form of a steep trail up the valley headwall. This reach of terrain was blanketed in reasonably consolidated shin-deep snow this morning that transformed our running cadence into an arduous pow-hike bee-lining for the ridge crest as we were determined to reach the Divide itself. Once on top of the modest 12,123' high point on the ridge, we were treated to the usual expansive views down valley and over into Winter Park, an atypical windless calm (ideal for Joe's cotton-clad limbs), and that general sense of rightness that comes only (for me, at least) from gasping for lots of oxygen and gaining a lonely summit.
|Joe cruising at 12,000', nearly to the top.|
|Finding the alpine action I came looking for.|
|Not nearly as cold as it looks.|
|Happy at the summit.|
|Joe floating the drop.|
Thanks. A bonus read for your audience is always appreciated.
beautiful, wish they had summits like this near where I live in Australia
Wonderful read. Thanks for sharing.
a wild way,a wild snow trail....that's what usually missed us in my home...reunion's island
thanks for the view
wonderful training thanks to share with us,
from spain one skyrunner fan!
Looks awesome. Love that trail. I didn't even know Winter Park was on the other side the first time I ran it, and got a nice surprise! lol
You are hearty; I'd be carried out by rescue with hypothermia if I tried a 2.5 hour run in shorts at this time of year.
Man you've got me missing Boulder!
Nice late season sneak indeed!
Part of the fun of trail running for me this time of year is the dynamic crap shoot for weather: shirt off run one day (sunday), snow run a few days later.
What is the distance to the divide?
While it takes a bit more driving, I love running up to Roger's pass from the tunnel.
I'm waiting for that snow here in Eastern Spain (just 2 or 3 times at year).
Thanks for share everything in the way you do it.
Thank you very very much.
Keep on emjoying (whowww).
Nice... Joe can put on Jeans and continue straight to the office
I really like the photos! Great!
Sweet run! When are going to come out and show the southern Appalachian mountains some love! I know there isn't much altitude associated with them, but trust me they are steep!
Are you the Yeti ? Wonderful pics.
Nothing like living the dream! That is a great first shot of Joe with the snowy mountains off to his left.
I'm curious what are you taking pics with a cell phone or camera. I never see you wear packs (I'm the same) and would love to carry a camera on my runs in the Boise foothills.
The pics are from a camera I carry tucked/clipped in my waistband.
I just found your blog. :) I'm so happy that I did.
Thanks, amazing scenery. I'm curious about how you stayed hydrated on this run. I don't see any water in any pictures.
good to see some folks enjoying my "backyard" while i've been out of town.
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