Driving up 285 on 285 from Los Alamos to the Mt. Princeton "radio towers" trailhead. I stopped in Alamosa to get a large pepperoni pizza for Homie.
Jennifer and Gerry's dog Izzy finishing up the Ben and Jerry's ice cream. The crew had ice cream for dinner on Tuesday night.
Spontaneous crew member and pacer Andy in gray. Gerry and Jennifer Roach. Homie was sleeping the car here at the Blank Gulch TH for a bit before going up Shavano and Tabeguache.
Rousing Homie to get going. He's like a machine. He gets in the car and turns off to sleep. Get him out and he turns back on and goes after it.
Prepping. Applesauce, orange clif bloks and Nuun were his favorites.
Homie and Andy about to set off for Shav/Tab at midnight
The Roachs and I slept five to six hours that night while Homie and Andy tackled Shav/Tab. They came cruising into the TH around 6am. Homie got in the car and turned off for a few hours of sleep as we drive to Cloyses Lake.
Nice light on Princeton and Antero
At Cloyses Lake area stocking up for the hike of Missouri/Belford/Oxford/Harvard/Columbia.
The Spot that allowed so many of us to follow his progress
Starting up around 9am
Cranking up Missouri. We ascended the 3,000+ vertical in 1:48ish. Homie is super strong on the ascents.
Summit of Missouri at 10:48am
Seriously people?! This is trash. Don't do this.
Panorama showing Belford/Oxford and Harvard
We dropped down into upper Pine Creek Basin to get some water and then back up to Elkhead Pass
On the summit of Belford at 12:22pm
Cruising to Oxford now
Harvard is a long way over there. And a big climb.
We chatted with a couple on Oxford's summit at 1:00pm sharp
The steep, no-trail descent to Pine Creek
Random self portrait
It rained steadily but not hard during our descent from Oxford. Wet grass was tricky though.
Wet willows coming up. Awesome.
Dumping the shoes after the loose descent
No adventure is complete with out some wet, steep and slippery bushwacking
wet slabs. Homie was able to link little ledges to avoid them.
Happy to be down by Pine Creek
Homie jumped the stream here. Impressive considering his legs had 70,000+ ascent/descent on them in the past 6 days.
Filtering water and drying out a bit
The sun came back out a bit. That was nice.
Looking back at our descent from Oxford (peak on right)
The descent from Oxford to Pine Creek
Steep ascent up Harvard's north slopes
Another storm coming
Belford and Oxford in the background
Another storm cell coming
Sitting out the brief storm a few hundred feet below Harvard's summit. Thankfully there was little electricity in the storm
Harvard summit at 5:15pm
Horn Fork Basin and clearing weather. Hooray
Traversing over there to Columbia
Cranking up towards Columbia
On Columbia at 7:35pm
What a way to finish a big day