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 10k in Winter Park, CO. then another 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 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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Solo Adventures to Chicago Basin Day 1-2

I left work on Tuesday the 12th, and began my 6.5 Hr. drive down to Silverton- most of the time was spent listening to “Denali Howl’s”- by Andy Hall. It was a fantastic book, and kept me occupied for the entire drive!

When I got to the town of Montrose, I’d been in the car for around five hours, so it was time to take a quick break. I stopped at a small liquor store, and picked out my last beer before my trip….an interesting brew by Rogue made with Beard Yeast. Yes. Beard Yeast.

Beard Beer- ingredients:  Water, Hops, Barley, Beard Yeast.

Beard Beer- ingredients:
Water, Hops, Barley, Beard Yeast.

Surprisingly good– an interested twang from the yeast- tasty golden-ish ale.

I continued my drive towards the town of Ouray- and around Ridgeway- got monstrously exhausted. I took a side road that said “National Forest Access”– expecting it to be not too far….however after about 45 mins of driving I saw a pull off. I had no idea where I was, but I had to sleep.

I climbed into the bed of my truck, and hoped that one of the valley farmers would not be banging on my truck with a loaded shotgun pointed at me– yelling to get off their property. Luckily that didn’t happen and I was able to wake up to a beautiful scene….on private property.

10456764_608485465931109_4578815902110031286_n10347222_608485495931106_7315442817444807053_nI climbed into the cab of the truck, and took off down the country road, back to the center of Ridgeway- then made my way up Red Mountain Pass. I’ve heard horror stories about this pass, there are no guard rails, and long drops. It really wasn’t that bad, though I could see it being awful in winter.

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Not a good sign.

Not a good sign.

I arrived in Silverton around 8:00AM, and immediately sought out coffee and breakfast– I didn’t have to catch the train until 2:30PM.

Silverton!

Silverton!

The Avalanche Cafe- which also happens to be Avalanche Brewing Company- a coffee, food, and beer establishment.

Great place to get some local flavor- and that includes the people!

Great place to get some local flavor- and that includes the people!

I spent the better part of my morning chatting with an interesting elderly local, and another transient traveler who was mountain biking the Colorado Trail.

The old guy that I met when I first arrived, told me stories about when he used to drive for a rafting company in Utah(very Edward Abbey sort of stories), his stint as a trucker going over mountain passes, and stories from his teen drug use years. He was truly a fascinating character, we were joined by another character- about 35- from Grand Junction- who was telling us about mountain biking the Colorado Trail.

I ended up sitting with them until around noon, then went to my truck to organize the rest of my gear and charge my phone(which was used as a camera/alarm clock for most of the trip).

My goal was to compete this trip with a pack under 30 lbs, which I succeeded in doing 26.2 lbs, when I got on the trail at 2:30.

Me and the 26.2 lb pack.

Me and the 26.2 lb pack.

It was a dreary afternoon, and by the time I had exited the train, it was pouring, and it finally stopped around 6 or 7 PM.

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Foggy! Damp!

Foggy! Damp!

Trail-- all the way to treeline.

Trail– all the way to treeline.

I made it to treeline around 7, and began searching for a place to set camp- a half an hour later, I was setting up my tent, and making dinner. I chose a location across the river, quiet, sheltered, and secluded. I was looking for a quiet reflective trip, needed time to think, put things back into perspective. It’s been a rough year, I had a lot to think about.

It began to rain again, so I crawled into my tent, hoping it’d clear over night so I could climb the next day.

 

 

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