Visit the Ultimate Direction Blog to read my Long Form Essay: The Everest Out My Back Door, about the getting older, lofty goals, and the village of support around the trail running community here in Boulder, CO. I can’t thank everyone, enough.
Check out this article/product breakdown covered on the Outside Magazine site!
5:00pm on Friday. Time to set off towards Estes Park. Although I would have like to take a more dirt route off the bat, the day was getting long, and I had some exploratory tracks to travel, so I took the express-way down Highway 36; it’s traffic known somewhat for its rep of severely injuring cyclists. I’ve never had a problem – but I usually ride it around 3:00 in the morning on my way to Longs Peak where the highway is desolate rather than filled with rush hour traffic.
I survived to Lyons in no time, and turned onto St. Vrain Canyon, which must be one of the prettiest canyons to slowly pedal up. Or so I’ve heard – I usually do this pedaling in the wee hours of the morning – the last time was during a snow storm with zero visibility, so today was somewhat of a rare treat for me to see the canyon in the waning daylight. Large pinnacles and crags shot up from the canyon floor. Loads of climbing adventure potential!
My objective this evening was a FS 82 near Meeker Park. Word has it that there’s National Forest access in the tight squeeze of private property, Wilderness, and National Park of the Tahosa Valley. Surprisingly, I’ve never looked around to see what’s around this road before. My friendly National Forest Service Ranger Station, which I live across the street from, supplied me with a Motor Vehicle Use Map of the surrounding areas accessible by road, which helps greatly in finding legal campsites off private property.
Imagine my delight,
when an enormous box from Surly was delivered to my door, with instructions to do something cool with the contents: A medium Surly ECR, and a 24-Pack Rack! I was planning a trip to Breckenridge to say hello to my Brother who was becoming a year older, and I wanted to climb some mountains to train for the Tour of the Highest Hundred, so naturally, The Surly ECR entered into the thick of my plans.
In this post, I’ll go over the unboxing process, some of initial thoughts, and how I’ve set things up for a 5 day bike tour + mountaineering (bike-a-neering?) trip to Summit County. In a follow up post, we’ll talk about that trip itself.
More details to come, but please check out http://highesthundred.com for details on my next big summer adventure!
http://highesthundred.com THE BIG REVEAL! Check out my summer adventure project I’ve been hinting at the URL above! In about three months I’ll be setting out by bike to summit the highest 100 peaks in Colorado (The Centennials), self-powered, and self-supported! A TON of work to make this a reality still (it’s not a given!) and more exciting announcements about the project in the coming weeks that I can’t wait to share! I hope you can all follow along with me! Get at it this weekend! #colorado #mountaineering #adventure #14ers #13ers #centennials #bikepacking #mountainrunning #ultraendurance #futuristic #adventuresinexhaustion #longmayyourange
Cookie Jar Boulder on #flagstaff mountain! So hard sometimes to pass up an obvious climbing line everytime I cycle up and down this popular road. Now was the day I decided to make a quick trip up to do a few laps. As fun as it is tall- and it’s *pretty* tall. #highoverboulder #moderateclassics #bouldering #boulder #colorado #startswiththelettterc #climbing #startswiththeletterc #whatelsestartswiththeletterc?
Oh sweet relief: right before, and right after finishing the Moab Red Hot 55k! Thanks to everyone involved in putting on this event: the organizers, volunteers, 4wd enthusiasts manning the aid stations, and everyone else! Mucho thanks to @ultimatedirectionusa for helping me get to the starting line and making me look so damn good running the canyons while running *in* the @scottjurek Canyon Colorway Ultra Vest! #runwithud #trailrunning #moab #ultraendurance #ultrarunning #nicelegs
“Dude. What happened?”
I remove myself from my shallow moving meditation, “What?”
“Look at your leg!”
And so I do:
Starting from mid-thigh, it looks like I’ve managed to scrape a four inch wide section of my skin until the top of my ankle.
Road rash par-excellence.
What else does a newly tuned up bike need, except a nice MUD BATH! In typical @longrangerjustin style, I literaly ran across town with all my bike gear in my @ultimatedirectionusa Fastpack 15 to catch a bus to Golden to pick up the Sherpa Bike aka Surly Ogre aka Adventure Buddy from @goldenbikeshop, and took ‘er on a 50+ mile curcuitous route back home featuring some nice gravel roads, a LOT of climbing, and a little bit of unavoidable slop- but I’ll take it, as it’s February and I’m riding bikes in a #cyclocross skinsuit #onesie, and life’s pretty good while riding bikes. Oh, and I got this amazingly dorky bright orange safety construction hard hat helmet thing to further enhance my visibility on the road. I actually think it goes well with my UD Fastpack- and beard! Thanks to @goldenbikeshop/@bentgate_mountaineering for helping me get a bike rolling as I get through all the not so fun accident stuff. Be good to your bike mechanics!