Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday, 01/29/12 Green Mountain

Up/Down NE Ridge(ish)

3.07 miles/2,283 vert./1:01:52 (36:40 up)/141 avg. HR  Garmin Data

Very easy up and down.  Was reasonably warm today, but the wind was hammering pretty good high on the mountain and made it feel a bit colder.

Saturday, 01/28/12 S. Boulder/Bear

From S. Mesa TH (via Homestead/Shadow)

7.22 miles/3,264 vert./1:43:53/avg. HR 139  Garmin Data

This was a bit of a surprise outing in the late afternoon, as Allison got called off of work, so I took advantage and was able to get out for a run.  Was headed for Green, but figured with the little extra time, I should do something a bit longer/different, so made the last minute decision for S. Boulder and Bear.  Took things pretty easy for the most part, going slow as to not get too far ahead of Sierra and then waiting occasionally for her to catch up.  Half way up Shadow, I bumped into Rex and crew (second time in a week), so I stopped and chatted with them for a while.

There was a LOT of ice on the trails, especially in Shadow Canyon, but intead of wearing Microspikes, I wore a pair of newly screwed shoes and that was definitely the better choice.  I got better grip on the ice and did not worry about dulling a new pair of Microspikes on all of the exposed rock.  I have several boxes of screws at home still, so I may screw a few pairs of shoes and default to this method for a while (at least until we get some fresh snow on the trails).  I wish we would just get a few feet of snow several times over, like the Winter of 06/07, where we had perfect trench conditions December through March (unfortunately that was during the pre Microspike era).

Made the summit of S. Boulder in 54, 9 minutes to Bear, then a real casual/cautious 40 back to the car.  Another awesome day out with Sierra.