30 by 30 UPDATE!

It’s been a while since I’ve let everyone know about my progress on the 30 by 30!

Thus far:

Breweries- Done

30 miles on a bike in  a day -done.

20 Centennial Peaks out of 30, thus far!

22 Pitches of Trad climbing out of 30

Half Marathon- This had to put off till next year, I injured my knees/hip earlier this year– instead I’m going to try to run a trail 5k in Winter Park, CO. then a 10K right before my birthday.

I know it’s not a half marathon but I’d like to continue running/ hiking/climbing- and I need to strengthen and fix the problem there before I can ramp up my distance. So, for now- I’m working on strengthening.

 

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Chicago Basin Solo Adventure- Mt. Eolus, and North Eolus

Waking up to clear dark skies is one of my favorite things, the cool crisp air, and the hot coffee. I crawled out of my tent, and quickly ate breakfast, excited to start climbing after a day being stuck in my tent.

I began hiking a bit later than I had intended, I realized that I had camped in an area that wasn’t easy to exit in the dark, there was a stream crossing and some bush whacking.

Trail up to Twin Lakes- the jump off point for the Chicago basin peaks.

Trail up to Twin Lakes- the jumping off point for the Chicago basin peaks.

The trail from the basin to the lake is a little over a mile, and gains around 1300′ from camp. I realized I lost my camera, two days earlier, and I figured it was gone for good…but the nice fellows I met on the train had found it on the trail heading up to the basin. They recognized me, and returned it to me half way up to twin lakes. That poor little camera is not even a year old, and has gone through hell and back– Pretty sure it’s dead now- after this trip.

I made it up to the lakes, then turned left towards Mt. Eolus, following a beautiful single-track trail to the base of the beautiful class 3 scramble!

Looking towards  Mount Eolus

Looking towards Mount Eolus

Mt. Eolus, approaching the scramble.

Mt. Eolus, approaching the scramble.

I scrambled up the steep switchbacks towards the ridge between Eolus and North Eolus, at around 13,400 there is a beautifully pristine alpine lake!

Alpine lake, looking at Sunlight and Windom across the basin.

Alpine lake, looking at Sunlight, Windom, and Jupiter across the basin.

Once up the ramp standing between the two peaks, I angled towards “the catwalk”, which was a lot wider than described.

Looking across the catwalk at the summit of Mt. Eolus.

Looking across the catwalk at the summit of Mt. Eolus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I scrambled across the catwalk, and continued along the face, to the left, then up to the summit. The rocks on this peak were like giant cubes, very geometric- but generally stable. It’s like climbing up  building blocks, except solid.

Looking back towards North Eolus.

Looking back towards North Eolus.

I made a friend on the summit of Mt. Eolus-- he popped out from under the rocks!

I made a friend on the summit of Mt. Eolus– he popped out from under the rocks!

Standing on the Summit of Mt. Eolus 14, 083', and #14 on the #30by30.

Standing on the Summit of Mt. Eolus 14, 083′, and #14 on the #30by30.

I relaxed on the summit for a few minutes with a group of teenagers, who were cool enough to shoot this photo for me, then took off over the side with them in hot pursuit. They were confused how to get down, so they asked me if they could follow me to the saddle, which was fine by me- rather than them getting lost or hurt!

Back at the saddle looking at North Eolus.

Back at the saddle looking at North Eolus.

The offshoot up to North Eolus was very easy, and very quick- just some minor scrambling.

North Eolus 14,039', #15 in the #30by30.

North Eolus 14,039′, #15 in the #30by30.

I scrambled down from the summit of North Eolus, and made my way back towards twin lakes where- it was LUNCH TIME. I hadn’t eaten much, which isn’t smart.

Relaxing after my climb, enjoying the beautiful weather.

Relaxing after my climb, enjoying the beautiful weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent a good chunk of my afternoon snacking, and relaxing by the lakes, enjoying the relative silence.

Once back at camp, I decided to dry out my tent a bit- so I left the doors open, and read a book in the filtered sunlight. I had some fluffy visitors, including a few babies who were in a very playful mood.

Goaty visitors!

Goaty visitors!

 

Mt. Eolus/ N. Eolus were a lot of fun, I enjoyed the scrambling, and scenery. It was the first time I’d done a class 3  solo, but it was amazing to silently move across the rocks toward a goal. Can’t wait to get back out tomorrow!

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Chicago Basin Solo Adventures- Day 3

It rained all night, and all the next morning. I spent that time holed up in my tent, reading Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire, and napping.

I spent most of my day looking at this.

I spent most of my day looking at this.

All of my food was hanging in a tree 40′ away from my tent, I was already cold and damp, so I waited to eat until the rain broke for a while around noon.

I decided to set up my tarp as a camp kitchen, keep me dry while I eat/ cook. I was able to finish breakfast then pump more water before it started to pour for the next four hours. It finally ceased around 4, and I decided to spend sometime outside on a rock, snacking, writing, and taking photos of the crazy clouds.

Looking down the valley.

Looking down the valley.

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Finally the sun peaked out, and it stopped raining.

Finally the sun peaked out, and it stopped raining.

I decided to take a walk up the trail some before dinner, and orient myself with the map. It was beautiful, I’m glad I left camp.

Not an exciting day, but what can you do? I made the best of it.

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