First off, this was my first time training for 6,000 meter mountains. Both Huayna Potosí (19,974 ft.) and Illimani (21,122 ft.) were significantly higher than any other mountain I had climbed in the past. Continue reading “Justin: Bolivia Training Recap”
Elevation: 14,196 Feet
Elevation Gain: 4,300 Feet
Distance: 9.5 Miles
Gear: Ice ax, microspikes
After climbing Mount Belford yesterday, we woke up at 1:00 am (again) and drove back to the Sawatch Range to climb Mount Yale. We made it to the trailhead around 4:30 and started hiking shortly thereafter.
Continue reading “Mount Yale: Southwest Slopes”
Elevation: 14,197 Feet
Elevation Gain: 5,100 Feet
Distance: 9 Miles
Gear: Trekking poles
We continued our tradition of bringing a Happy Mother’s Day sign to the top of a mountain. The past few years we climbed Mount St. Helens but now that we live in Colorado we had a lot of options to choose from.
Elevation: 13,898 Feet
Elevation Gain: ~2,100 Feet
Distance: ~11 Miles
Gear: Ice axe, crampons, helmet
We’ve been waiting for the snowpack to stabilize so that we could get out and try some couloir routes. The weather finally cooperated so we drove down to 4 Mile Creek road Saturday afternoon after finishing Grays/Torreys. We camped in the car at the parking area so that we could get an early start.
Elevation: 14,278 Feet
Elevation Gain: ~5100 Feet
Distance: 14 Miles
Gear: Trekking poles
We finally got a chance to get out and see Grays and Torreys up close. The weather forecast was calling for thunderstorms after 12pm so we left the trailhead around 4:00 am. The road was still snow covered so we parked right off the I-70 which adds an extra 6 miles of road hiking.
Another month of training in the books. Overall April was the best month to date in terms of activity and calories burned. I also managed to get out and complete a bunch of different climbs.
May is the final month left before our trip to Bolivia. My goal is to have May be the peak month for calories burned and active minutes. I plan on doing a short taper period the beginning of June before we attempt Huayna Potosí and Illimani. Continue reading “Justin: April Training Recap”