It's been a while since my last post. Here is a quicky on the fun stuff that has been going on:
Loop run in the Grand Canyon
Last Wednesday I got back into the Grand Canyon for another run. I started at the parking lot for Bright Angel Trail and ran along the Rim Trail to the S. Kaibab Trail, ran down the S. Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and back up Bright Angel to the car. Amazing as always.
-Lots of support from hikers. Usually I'm not into crowds but I was really working hard coming out because it was blazing hot (90's at the river and high 70's at the rim) and I needed all the moral support I could get.
-I ran 40 minutes faster then last time I did this loop a few weeks back and I felt better this time after the run. I finished in 4 hrs and 20 minutes. The run is 25 miles.
-Dunking my head repeatedly every time I ran past a creek.
In the last week, after the Grand Canyon run, I have been running a lot and feeling good. Last week I ran 70 miles and am going to try to get in a 100 mile week this week or the next.
Hole to Hump
I set a date for running Hole to Hump. The run will take place over the 7th and 8th of June. I chose this date because the moon will be full on the night of the 7th. It will be really cool running by moonlight with no headlamp! Only about a month till the adventure starts.
Climbing at The Pit
Last week, Susan and I got to have a fun session climbing at The Pit (local sport climbing area near Flagstaff). Susan cranked off a nice lead of True Value, a classic 5.11a. It was the first time she had ever led it and she cruised it! Good job Susan!
She got on a route to the left of True Value named Shark Bait, that goes at 5.11+, and worked out the moves...looks like she could climb that without falls with a bit more work. That girl is getting strong!
Running in the mountains of Flagstaff...Finally!!!
It's go time on some of my favorite high elevation trails! I have been running on the Katchina Trail on Humphreys and on the many linkups on the Dry Lake Hills (between Mt. Elden and Humphreys). Today I got to run one of my favorite linkups: the Shultz Creek (creek is running right now), Sunset Trail (finally free of snow!), Brookbank Trail, Rocky Ridge Trial linkup. The link is about 13 miles and I enjoy every bit of it. I can't wait until the Aspens get their leaves and the tall green grass starts growing! Humphreys is loosing snow fast and I am really excited to get up on the Weatherford Trail and Mt. Humphreys Summit Trail and all the linkups they offer.
Kelly Canyon Bouldering
On Sunday, Susan and I got out to Kelly Canyon for some sandstone bouldering. It was a beautiful day and we got to climb some excellent problems with some good friends so it was lots of fun. Afterwards, we went to Charley's and mowed down Nachos and Beer. Great day. Climbing in Flagstaff always kick ass!
I'll try to get more photos on the blog...I've been a slacker!