Day 1, July 1st, Kendall mountain hike
Day 2, July 2nd, Hematite lake hike
Beth Hall, my beautiful girlfriend.
Celebration of the mountains. hey, I am from Texas nowadays!
Bunch of switchbacks.
Finally caught up with Larry.
A first glimps at Hematite lake.
Apparently, I don't have a high jump in me at altitude. i actually don't even know if I have a jump in me at ocean level.
Past the lake, higher up.
View from above on Hematite lake.
First trial on run downhill 4 weeks after stress fracture, feels odd, but not painful.
Silverton Hostel we stayed at. Room with a bed, toilet and shower outside, kitchen to use...great host too!
Day 3, Boulder Gulch trail
Trail is not obvious from the road.
Super-steep climb from the get go...actually, as most trails here:)
Krissy Moehl caught up with us like we were standing still. We hung for about 10-15 minutes, before peeling off.
She wants to run, not crawl.
Larry wasn't having a good-energy day that day, for whatever reason.
We slowed down and life's gotten much better. What's the hurry?
Filled our bottles with water - we always use creeks when in San Juans, no treatment. So far we live OK.
Trail becomes really faint out on the slope and makes a horse-shoe.
But it (trail) does exist if you look carefully.
Creek crossing - a staple in CO hiking.
Our favorites - Drymax socks and Sportiva Crosslites shoes.
Lunch break. Feels like we are a small sand particle in a sea, and our worries are tiny.
It's hot, and it's snow. The paradox of life.
Larry saw a storm coming and is concerned. He loves meteorology!
And he was right - look above! I still tried to make my way further.
Trying to beat the storm - first of so many that chased us down from the mountains every day.
Really dark now, rained last 20 minutes on us.
Day 3, still July 3rd, Anvil mountains via Niagara gulch hike
It was a beautiful single track in trees until it opened up to a mine and stared at the cross-country climb.
Larry far below catching up - so glad to see him! It was rather lonely by myself the whole way.
Last picth to the top.
We made it! Love reaching the top, feels like an accomplishment, an end to a story.
dark skies, again...
Now run down, who's first - storm or us?
Morning run on July 4th. Larry and Beth hall.
Shrine to Miners, just before the town street, a sight of many hallucinations for me 2 years ago.
We did last 2 miles of the course (our, then back).
Mineral creek, final crossing for the race, with double-rope across.
Silverton 4th of July Parade!
Hardrockers are part of the town, and every year they have a place in a local parade - unlike the tourists that come on trains.
Matt Hart and Nick Coury.
Firefighter's water fight.
Dacota Jones and Nick Clark.
Day 4, July 4th, Columbine lake trail
Out of tree line
Met a couple of hikers, and a dog.
This snow wasn't warm at all, and the wind was picking up.
Columbine lake should be another mile to the left around the mountain, but the whole field was covewred with solid snow, and there was another storm coming, so we bagged a peak on our right.
That's the way to Columbine lake.
And that's the way to that other peak (on my left now, where we came from is in front of me).
A "million dollar highway" below.
Wild flowers beautiful.
And yes, here comes the storm again!
We didn't make it to tree line before the rain started, but we avoided the most of the thunder.
This trail really reminded me of PNW trails, home away from home...
so I let it rip, bummed leg and all.
I always come here on July 5th, to say a prayer for my deceased nephew, and to ask for my sons.
Day 5, July 5th, Bear Creek trail out of Ouray
Famous for drops 3,000 feet down, sharp edges and broken tallus that makes sound of walking on the glass.
Yes, there is a trail on that slope carved in.
Larry was really apprehensive on the way out, but we ran like crazy on the way back (it was slight downhill too).
Break - and avoiding vertigo.
This is NOT a bridge!
Yellow Jacket Mine.
Day 6, July 6th, Ridge-hopping out of Silverton
We couldn't find a trail up, and just climbed straight on the mine slope and further on.
Practically no trail, we had to sense it, figure it out, just take a leap and go.
Where is the trail?
Top #4, last for the day - due to, you guessed it, another strom forming!
Kind of scary.
We built cairns.
Made it home!
Day 7, July 7th, Bonita peak (road and x-country hike)
Somebody lives here, lucky!
No trail in real life, even though there is one on the map.
So we decided to go up, cross-country, on steep slope overhanging the mountain.
Today was my turn to not have a good day. I was breathing hard, and panicing about our way down.
And when I saw I was above the "other" mountains we visited, I kind of let the fear take over for a few moments.
But going up wasn't quite scary since you don't look behind...
There was a drop over near the top, and there was no way I'd stand near it! Only on my belly.
Bonita Peak on your left.
Not really to the top of Bonita, one hump below - I wasn't climbing a scree at that height.
In fact, I didn't even want to stand and see how steep that slope was, and aksed if we could please find another route down.
So we did. No trail still, but the slope was more of a same grade vs bump and over.
I fell. Hoka are good shoe - for the road, not for the scree, snow, loose stuff...
And after falling a few more times, I simply decided to descend on my behind, like a spider upside down.
The flowers were beautiful.
OK, back to the road, only 1.5M down.
The ridge is the way we climbed up.
With Gretchen and Meghan.
Karl, Mr. Hardrock
Day 8, July 8th, Race start!
Greg Loomis and Bryon Powell.
Bruce Grant, Devon C-H and Nathan Yanko.
Chris-Mr. Coyotee (2 moon, 4 moon, whatever moon).
Jim to pace Rick.
Rock Horton, Mr. 10-time finisher and now AS capt'n of Virginius, and Adam Chase from Salomon to support the eventual winner.
Allen Wrinkle. Man broke his hand on the way down from Handies and ended the race at Grouse.
Ken Ward from Corvallis, OR
Stan Ferguson and Scott B.
Meghan Hicks, a gal behind iRunFar (and Bryon Powell)
Charlie Torn, a course director.
Darcy Africa, 2nd girl.
Mike Bushwhacker Burke, for his 5th try (bailed at Ouray).
Nick Clark and Jared Campbell.
Mike and Michelle
Tina Ure for the second finish!
His better half Joyce
Beth ad Larry Hall
Sue Jonston, 2-time champ (2001, 2005)
Dale Garland, the official RD
Wolf from Germany
Mike Mason and Greg Loomis, East Coast represents
Start sweeping the course - mile 0 to mile 15, Maggies
It's a long road climb...
and then it hits the trail up!
to the saddle of Little Giant Divide
This area was a cause for a rock fall we had as we went down and around, and 2 big rocks almost hit us - way too close for comfort, worst ever. Legs were shaking for the next few minutes.
Cunningham AS behind, up to Green Mtn.
Waterfall across our climb, we descended to AS alongside it.
We had to follow someone who exited an AS right after cut off, and he was slow, so we took many a breaks.
Stephen W, last dude out of AS.
And the sky was getting darker as we yelled at Stephen to move faster - getting caught at the top with metal rods in hands while it's lightening everywhere is no fun!
First hail storm.
Position we assumed a number of times having met a storm and lightening at the top of Green, and then later Canby, both above 13,000 feet peaks.
10 minutes later we got moving again.
Stephen moved away while we waited out the storm, and we looked for him for a bit. Finally we saw him ascending next ridge to Canby, and at the same time we realized another (bigger) storm is coming. We contemplated to wait below, but pushed on. As we closed in on a top, literally 50 yards vertical from it, the hell broke loose, and we dropped our markers, laid on the side of the ridge in fetal position and tried to stay calm - and (not at all) warm. That lasted 15 minutes.
Eventually, still in rain, but with lightening moving sideways, we got up and dashed over and down. When we arrived at Maggies, the AS was gone, and only radio people stayed.
And no Stephen...after some time, it turned out he bailed at Stony Pass Rd and caught a ride, thankfully coming up here to let us know.
Ouray AS, 6 pm, waiting for leaders to come through.
Tony K. and Scott J.
Julien C., eventual winner, lead from step 1.
Nick Clark, monster of WS100/HR100 double (3rd place each race).
Dacota Jones almost died here, but came back, and took 2nd place in a fierce fight. Way to go, kid!
Joe Grant, former Oregonian, now from CO, got lost half a dozen of times, twice for an hour, and still managed to finish in 6th place. Yowser!
The Man of hardrock, Karl M., 5-time winner, dropped at Chapman.
Daniel from France, 4th place at finish.
Diana Finkel, 4-time winner (including this year), never stops at AS with help of her parents.
Dink T. paced Jared C.
Here comes Jared, last year's winner.
Jared and his mom Theresa.
I promise I'll make borsch if you come to TX!
Devon waiting for Nathan.
Darcy A. put up a fight and finished 20 minutes behind Diana.
Day 9, second day of the race, morning of the fogs and more thunderstorms.
Garbage truck was a potential course obstacle just minutes before the winner came in.
Bob from Drymax socks.
iRunFar - Bryon and Meghan.
Here comes the Winner!
Day 2 of the race, Telluride AS, mile 74.
Ken Ward from OR.
Larry Hall from Chicago going after his 5th finish, with night blindness and gashed hand.
Ever-lovely Beth Hall, Larry's eyes for night sections.
That's the hand - Hardrock claimed many injuries this year.
We de-marked (pulled course marking) off Lajunta trail, which was meant to substitute for Wasatch trail out of Telluride AS due to an idiot Tom Chapman buying property where the course went prior this summer, yet Lajunta hasn't gotten approved by FS in time for the race.
Drops worth Bear Creek trail to Ouray.
Yet another rain and storm...hiding in the last tree line.
Lajunta basin (lower part) above Telluride.
These thunderstomrs and lightening are getting really old...enough already! How are the runners???
Silverton Hostel man, Robbie, best place to stay.