|"Can you see me daddy?"|
|Pumped for the Adventure|
After a mediocre performance at a great race, Nick Clark's Quad Rock 50, I decided to forgo my next 50, The San Juan Solstice 50, and do a 50 mile training run instead. The route I choose would take me from my parents' back porch in Aspen to my front porch in Basalt, along 43 miles of dirt and a scant 3 miles of asphalt. I ran solo for the first 33 miles, only seeing one solitary camper who was enjoying some morning brew with a stellar view, before meeting my brother for the final half marathon. The solitude allowed for much reflection and I was able to take in the sights, smells and sounds of the wild country I was running through.
|Alex Tiernan Cresting a Climb on Arbaney|
|Arbaney Kittle Trail with Mt. Sopris in the Background|
|Me with the West Elk Range in the Distance|
|Let's Get this Party Started!|
|The Elk Mountain Goats|
The Friedberg Ultra Experiment
|Selfie of Two Old Buffs|
|Cruising Along Side an Impressive Aspen Grove|
Tucked away on the west side of the Crystal River Valley outside of Carbondale, CO is a hidden gem of a wild trail network called the Thompson Divide. The area consists of multi-use forest service land, a regular paradise for hunters, mountain bikers, campers, hikers and us trail runner folks. Despite the fact that it lies only a short drive from my house, I had never explored the area until recently. A group of us decided to tackle a big loop through the Divide, but unfortunately for us, after many miles of pristine wilderness, much of which that few people explore, our loop was not actually a loop. The loop failed to connect, forcing us into a major bushwhack; we eventually found our way back to the cars. It was a true mountain adventure.
|Which Way Do We Go?|
|Traversing an Alpine Meadow|
|Noah Crossing Woody Creek|