Up Mesa/3rd acc./NE/Greenman
Down Greenman/NE/1st acc./Saddle/Amphi
4.11 miles/2,426 vert./1:06:30 RT/151 avg. HR Garmin Data
Sent out the bat signal the day before and 3/4 of the invitees showed up which might be a record (at least in a long while)(Tony, Homie and Brandon).
Tony was anxious to show me how he perfected the route I introduced to him on our Tuesday hike/run up behind the 3rd Flatiron. We went conversational pace much of the way, stopping occasionally to regroup and chat. Brandon seemed to really be enjoying the steep trail to the back of the 3rd, then we told him that it had not really even gotten steep yet and that really seemed to excite him that much more.
Once on the Greenman Trail, Tony kicked it into the highest hiking gear I have ever seen. I was hiking too and running occasionally, pushing hard to keep up and yo-yo-ed a bit off his pace. He was hauling ass! Again, we re-grouped on the summit, spending a few minutes there and then eventually headed down, taking the descent fairly casual, just talking a million words a minute all the way back.
This was one of the most enjoyable outings I have had in a long time, perfect morning, super fun route, but best yet, it was great to get out with 3 great friends whom I share so much in common.
Tony, Homie, Brandon
Homie getting after it
Brandon on a section of trail that looks steep, but is relatively benign compared to what is to come (see Garmin elevation profile)
Return to Green after a few months away