Scott and John exchanging stories of each of their adventures during the last few days
In Buena Vista. Mike, Liz and Scott listen to John DeWalt tell a story
In Buena Vista, dark clouds in the distance...Mike, Liz and Scott just missed getting dumped on while descending La Plata...
John DeWalt getting ready to send us off. He and Liz will do an easier hike up Mt Massive and then return to camp; we will hike both Mt Massive and Mt Elbert...
An early start to what was going to be a long day, which would explain the 'not all there' look in my eyes...Mike and Scott are ready though
Looking back toward Leadville
Mt Massive is to the right of the saddle in the center of the photo
Mike load testing the new check steps
Scott surveying the fine trail work
Well maintained trail
At the saddle we will later descend
Scott on the summit ridge
Ascending the summit ridge
Mongo, Mike and Scott on the summit of Mt Massive
Interesting rock...it looks like the rocks on it (and Scott) are defying gravity
On the descent...are we ever going to reach the river?
Not that many vehicles could have made it very far past this sign...
On the end of the descent of Mt Massive
Where we ended up descending Mt Massive
Shuffling down the road after the North Halfmoon trailhead...we actually missed the turn and had to turn around and come back to find the South Halfmoon trailhead...thanks to Mike's GPS for getting us back on track
Scott warming up on an easy boulder
Scott climbing up the jeep road...it was a bit warm here...
Mike, locating the GPS on the highest point...of his body...looking for a signal
Climbing higher on Mt Elbert, looking back at Mt Massive
We descended from the saddle at the center of this photo just a few hours ago...
Scott taking a break while we decide which way to go. Roach's book shows two parallel routes...
Looking back down the drainage we ascended...is this the route that was on Gerry's map?
Ascending Mt Elbert
Scott leading through the boulders...
Mike, following Scott
Mike and Scott on the summit of Mt Elbert
Mongo on the summit of Mt Elbert
On the summit of Mt Elbert after a LONG first day at altitude...
Mike, ready to tackle Mt Huron
Babe, the blue Ox and 'The Grand' (Mike's van) at the South Winfield trailhead. Actually, if Babe had a higher clearance, I would have driven us the extra two miles up the road, but then it would have been too easy...
Mike leading the way up Mt Huron
Comparing the color of a trail shoe with flowers on the trail...
Mt Huron summit beckons
Fortunately, we didn't have to get near that cornice...
Mike and Mongo on the summit of Huron
Mongo and Mike on the summit of Huron
Mongo on the summit of Huron
Paul Ralyea, Mike Dobies, Liz Bauer and Scott Brockmeier, ready to climb Tabeguache and Shavano (Paul would only climb Tabeguache)
Sunlight through the trees, a glorious morning.
Liz smiling (she does that a lot :-)
Liz latching on to Paul for a tow
Liz and Mike, motoring up the trail...
Paul stopping for a photo...
Paul, Liz and Mike up ahead, just below treeline...
Just below treeline, Scott adjusting his hat...
Passing a group of hikers, Paul running for the camera...
Looking back down toward the trailhead.
Onward toward the saddle
Looking back at the group we had just passed. Their dogs were friendly, but they sure kept getting under foot...
Getting close to the saddle
Looking back down from the saddle.
Climbing from the saddle toward Tabeguache summit
Make your way amongst the boulders...
Scott and Liz, just below the summit of Tabeguache
Paul, ready to turn around, Mike relaxing and enjoying the moment on the summit of Tabeguache
Cheers! On the summit of Tabeguache
Beer at over 14,000 feet above sea level! (Not Really, Mike just wanted some 'action' shots as the beer was from a brew pub not far from where he lives)
Descending the ridge to get to the saddle between Tabeguache and Shavano
Mike, Scott and Liz at the saddle between Tabeguache and Shavano
Well, we made it! It actually started snowing while we were up there...
Mike with his Lazy Daze beer on the summit of Shavano
Scott and Liz on the summit of Shavano
Liz, Mongo and Mike on the summit of Shavano
Mother Nature provides the perfect mechanism for cooling a beer...
Descending back towards the saddle.
Still above treeline, before Liz and Scott took off.
Mike descending back below treeline.
On the way back to the trailhead.
Liz tries to help round up an apparently stray horse that has brought traffic to a standstill. A local Sheriff's deputy was finally able to corral it in a parking lot across the street.
Quite a spread...
A Rainbow making an appearance. The shelter was quite nice at keeping the wind and rain off of us...
Interesting Plymouth Valiant Art Car in Salida, CO...I couldn't pass this up!
Amica's in Salida, CO
Interesting statues in Salida, CO
Look, the statue matches Mike's shirt and hat...
Bob, are you checking the fluids? The undercarriage? The garage is across the street; what's the deal?
Mike considering the waves...reluctant to get his feet wet (or get swept away)
Bob, considering going in...
Bob making us nervous...like we could jump in and save him if he slipped and fell...
Surfers riding one of the static waves in Salida, CO
Surfers riding one of the static waves in Salida, CO and no, there are no ropes...they are paddling in and getting up on their boards all by themselves (well, the one guy anyway. The other guy obviously wasn't as experienced, but he did keep trying.)
I slept here one night...
Bear Creek trail...don't get too close to the edge!
Trail Work and trail marking crews heading up the Bear Creek Trail, Charlie Thorn in front
Jim O'Neill and Cody on the Bear Creek trail
Paul Ralyea carrying some rebar up the Bear Creek trail, Mike James singing and happy (is the altitude getting to him? :^)
Paul hammering in the last of the rebar...
Fred Ecks taking a photo of me taking a photo of Fred...
Mike James and Paul Ralyea ready to head back to the trailhead after a day of hard work.
The trail just above our work site
Preparing for the Fourth of July parade...the Hardrock Precision Marching Team (photos by Nathan Coury)
Camp Hardrock is a great reunion of members of the Hardrock 'Family'
Wasatch Speed Goat teammates Larry Hall and Beth Simpson...oh yeah, they are married to each other too ;^)
Sultan Mountain at the end of town. Fourth of July parade...the Hardrock Precision Marching Team (photos by Nathan Coury)
Fourth of July parade...Run Director Dale Garland (holding the flags) the Hardrock Precision Marching Team (photos by Nathan Coury)
Fourth of July parade...the Hardrock Precision Marching Team (photos by Nathan Coury)
Fourth of July parade...Nick Coury and Bill Geist (photos by Nathan Coury)
Fourth of July parade...the Hardrock Precision Marching Team. Larry Hall, Andy Hewat (from Australia) and Jim Sweatt holding the banner (photos by Nathan Coury)
Beer poster at the Silverton Brewery
Fourth of July afternoon on the Avon back porch. Billy Simpson, Olga Varlamolva and Lori Bantekas.
Fourth of July afternoon on the Avon back porch. Mike Dobies, Liz Bauer, Scott Brockmier
Fourth of July afternoon on the Avon back porch. Glenn Mackie, Bob Combs
Leaving Governor's Basin on the climb to Virginius Pass.
Duane Arter, on his way down as the rest of us are going up.
Jimmy Wrublik, taking a break on the climb to Virginius Pass during trail marking.
Most folks find it better to glissade down with long pants...but not everyone ;^) Lynn Ballard, Jim Sweat, Nathan Coury, Beat Jegerlehner, Olga and others.
The Coury Brothers: Nathan, Jamil, and Nick at Virginius Pass (Kroger's Canteen aid station during the race)
Olga getting ready to glissade down, Lori and Leonard getting ready to watch her.
The Moon over little Molas lake.
Beginning a day of trail work on American Flats, Horsethief Trailhead. Fred Ecks picking up a log, Cory Johnson and his wife getting ready to pick up some more. We carried these logs at least a mile or two...maybe three...before planting them.
We took turns digging the holes and collecting rocks...and having lunch (Liz and Scott) Fred, John, Jeff, Allan, Marci and our work crew leader.
Scott Brockmeier, Jeff List, Mongo, Fred Ecks, Allan Holtz. Front row: Marci and John Beard (John needs more Iron in his diet? ;^)
Two feet below the ground, six feet above ground. We piled as many rocks around the base as we could.
More of our handiwork. Marci Beard and Jeff List in the foreground.
Returning to the vehicles at the end of the day. One of the posts can be seen in the distance...
Traversing American Flat
Ourayle House, WMRC party hosted by Don Moden. Andrew Heard, Jamil Coury, Debbie Leftwich, Honey Albrecht, Joe Galope, Jody Chase
Ourayle House, WMRC party hosted by Don Moden. Nathan Coury and Aaron Mascarella in front of the bar, Don at the end of the bar
Ourayle House, WMRC party hosted by Don Moden
Olga feeling especially snarky this moring, Larry enjoying the day (and Olga, of course)
Recon run of the section between the 550 tunnel and Ouray. For most of us, this part will be travelled in the dark early hours of the second day; we wanted to pre-hike/run it for familiarization.
Near the ice climbing park in Ouray
Mike taking photos at the ice climbing park in Ouray...
Bob and I take photos of the interesting house in Ouray where someone had incorporated the trees as part of their porch...
Some lucky person's private pond with flowing stream...
The AZ flag! Our state was well represented at Hardrock this year.
The chute that runners go through on their way to kiss the rock at the end of the race, courtesy of Rodger Wrublik. These are the same flags that fly over Nardini Manor during Across The Years.
Matt Kirk with Mike and Laura Bur
Pot Lick (Pot Luck) Various folks relaxing and socializing
Pot Lick (Pot Luck) Nick relating an interesting story...
Pot Lick (Pot Luck) Jim O'Neill, Bob Combs, and Mike Dobies
Joe Clapper flexes for the camera...I'm not sure if anyone is impressed (though I'm sure Joe is)
Andrea, the Pot Lick (Pot Luck) organizer in the flowered shirt. Fred Ecks, Don Platt and Dick Curtis
Pot Lick (Pot Luck) Dick Curtis, Julian Jamison, Nick Coury, Lori Bantekas and her friend and Mike
Pot Lick (Pot Luck) Mike talking to Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neill, about GPS maps of truck stops as I recall. Leonard listening intently...
Matt and Scott playing frisbee, Bob relaxing
Larry and Beth, Liz and Andy Hewat
Bosco the ultra dog. He has accompanied Rollin on more Colorado peaks than I may ever summit. Sadly, he is retired; the body is failing but not his spirit.
Bob getting his drop bags ready to go.
Waiting until the last minute to get my drop bags together...\
Putting drop bags together is hard work...time for a beer break.
Mike relaxing with a beer knowing his drop bags are already done.
Trish and Chase Duarte; crew and pacer for Bob Bachani
Blurry photo of Matt Kirk, Scott, Liz, Mike and Bob
Slightly less blurry photo of Matt Kirk, Scott, Liz, Mike and Bob, though Mike seems to be the blurry one here...
Pre Race meeting...WMRC runners and pacers/crew: Kirk, Honey, Jamil, Debbie, Nick, Liz and Aaron. Leonard Martin in front in yellow shirt.